Digging Down in the Sooke, BC ArcGIS Server Online App

@TimAyres noted the new site, so I checked it out, mostly to see if there was anything new and different.

The disclaimer was routine:

DISCLAIMER:  This map is an unofficial document of the District of Sooke and is consolidated from a variety of sources for convenience purposes only and is not to be relied upon in making financial decisions or other commitments. The District of Sooke does not warrant the accuracy of information on this map nor will it accept responsibility for errors or omissions. The District of Sooke reserves the right to alter or update this information without notice. This map should not be used for navigational purposes.

But what followed was a nice touch: “Please contact the District of Sooke Planning Department before making decisions based on this map.”

I looked over the help, which seemed to come right out of the generic files that come with the software. The graphic, for example, that highlights different parts of the interface is not that of Sooke, but of the U.S.

The FAQ included answers only helpful to those who know the software behind the app:

In Results from an identify or query, when I check a feature to highlight it on the map, the feature does not get highlighted.

The administrator of the site may have disabled this ability. If the map uses ArcIMS software and returning geometry is disabled, then the website won’t highlight features.

@TimAyres notes the app is up-to-date, but I could find no metadata on the layers provided.

Published Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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