Washington Cadastral Framework Project - Phase 1

Status Report

July 7, 1998

Data Modeling

The last status report sent out described the results of the logical modeling session with the Cadastral Framework Partners. That session was held on April 22nd and 23rd. Since then, changes were made to the logical model in accordance with the session outcomes. Additionally, work on the physical model is nearing completion. The next step will be to begin the data conversion process. It is important to remember that we are not only moving data to a new data model, but also to a new software environment in Oracle/Spatial Database Engine (SDE). The first priority for initial data population will be converting the Public Land Survey/DNR Ownership/County Boundaries/DNR Administrative Boundaries (POCA), Public Land Survey Point (PLS-PT), and Major Public Lands (MPL) data layers (this was part of the grant proposal). The second priority will be the Snohomish County Pilot for other partner data integration. Since not all of the new data model will have data to populate it initially, an implementation strategy must be devised to ensure database quality and usefulness. As that strategy is developed over the next few weeks, there will be further communication on that issue. Once the update application is built (Phase 2), then more of the data model can be implemented by filling in the new attributes with data. Logical and physical models will be mailed when they are ready.

FGDC Midterm Progress Meeting and 1998-99 Grant Award

Carrie Wolfe recently attended the midterm progress meeting in Washington D.C. for the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) grant we received for Phase 1 of this project. She gave a presentation about the project to FGDC staff and other grant recipients. There was also an individual session with FGDC staff. The meeting went well, and we received the good news that we were awarded the 1998-99 grant award of $100,000 for Phase 2 . Phase 2 includes construction of the update scenario. We will need to raise matching funds from non-federal sources. Please contact Carrie Wolfe at (360) 902-1639 regarding potential contributions. Thanks again to those of you who contributed letters of commitment for the grant proposal.

Cadastral Framework Metadata

Carrie Wolfe attended a free workshop sponsored by the Washington Geographic Information Council (WAGIC) on June 10th. At the workshop, Carrie used the Metadata Entry System (MES) tool (this is a free tool available over the Internet) to produce the initial Cadastral Framework metadata. The MES tool implements the minimum attributes required for compliance with the Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata. This initial metadata is posted on the Washington Clearinghouse node. It has a direct link to the Framework Server that is installed here at the Department of Natural Resources. At the Framework Server, we also intend to have a data dictionary application under the button currently titled "GIS Metadata." This data dictionary application will include code tables, attribute definitions, and more.

Internet Data Distribution Application

The Internet Map Server 1.0 (IMS) software has been purchased and installed on the framework server. We were expecting to have version 2.0 sometime this spring. Staff at ESRI had indicated to us that version 2.0 would have the GIS data server functionality built into it. However, the release has been delayed until sometime late this year. As a result DNR software development staff are building in the required functionality. As it looks now, the general process will be as follows; 1) a cadastral framework partner will access the framework server homepage over the Internet. 2) There will be a login/password (more open access may occur in future phases). 3) A disclaimer statement will pop up with an accept or decline button choice. 4) If accept is chosen, the Arcview IMS extension brings up a state map with cadastral theme choices. An area can be selected graphically using the mouse clicks or by county or township(s). Queries can be made to selected features, etc. 5) There will be an option to download a graphic map file or data in the format of a shapefile. If the shapefile option is selected, a box will pop up that indicates the file and pathname, the size of the file, and the approximate time required to download (based on type of connection). The shapefile can then be FTP'd by the client. There will be a time limit as to how long the shapefile will be stored before being deleted. If time allows, an automatic FTP option may be developed too. Large data requests may take too long to download over the Internet. In that case, more traditional types of media will be used. An automated process may be a possibility in the future for that type of an order option.

Internet Data Distribution Application Training for Cadastral Partners

Carrie Wolfe is in the process of scheduling a two hour training session for the Cadastral Framework Partners. The tentative dates under consideration are during the first week of September. The training session will cover how to use the Internet application, metadata, help desk call process, and more. The cadastral framework login/password will be provided at the training so it is important that partners attend. We are looking into the possibility of a WIT video teleconference with sites in Seattle, Yakima, Spokane, Vancouver, and Lacey. Notice of the confirmed training should be out within the next week. We also hope to have a demo ready for the next Framework Management Group meeting scheduled for August 18th.

Draft Partner Agreements

Sandra Bahr has been working on drafting partner agreements in the form of a Data License Agreement. When the draft is complete, it will be mailed out for each partners review. One of the issues that needs to be worked out is the redistribution of cadastral framework data. Carrie Wolfe will be calling each of you to discuss the issue and get input.

Draft Disclaimer

We are also in the process of drafting disclaimer verbiage as a front-end to the Internet application. When the draft is complete this will also be sent out for review.

Final Note

As you can see by this report, a lot has been happening. Please feel free to contact Carrie Wolfe at phone: (360) 902-1639 or email: carrie.wolfe@wadnr.gov with questions, concerns, or comments.