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STARK COUNTY AUDITOR's OFFICE

People who visit the Stark County auditor's office in Canton, Ohio, expecting to leaf through maps in search of information are in for a surprise. The auditor's office has replaced its 3,500 paper, linen and vellum maps with electronic images. And the architects, civil engineers, developers and others who regularly take advantage of the office's map retrieval services now can view and plot the maps electronically. Users won't have to learn complicated CAD applications in order to operate the new system though. The office has implemented Myriad viewing software to give the public effortless access to the maps through a friendly, easy-to-use interface.

"CAD is too sophisticated for some people," said Robert Graham, Stark County's Chief Appraiser. "Myriad is easy to teach and easy to use. The public can come in, use the Bird's Eye function, pan around and mark the area they want to send to the plotter. "Myriad's popular Bird's Eye feature lets users view an entire image while simultaneously magnifying one area of the image in the main window. Stark County comprises 17 townships and more than 566 square miles, and the thousands of maps that represent the area were beginning to present a problem to County Assessor's office staff.

"Many of the hand-drafted tax maps were half a century old and were becoming nearly unusable due to wear and tear," said Stark County Auditor Janet Weir Creighton. Graham agreed. "Many of the maps had become so brown with age that photocopying produced poor results," he said. "The ink had begun to flake off the surface of the maps. That was a clear signal that something had to be done while there was still a usable original to work with." So the office hired AA Scan, an engineering services firm based in Akron, Ohio, to scan the drawings into raster format. The information then was recorded on computer disks, and Myriad viewing software was installed to give the public an easy way to view the maps. Now that the maps are in electronic format, they no longer are susceptible to deterioration or aging. "In many cases, the computer images are more legible than the originals they replaced," said Graham.

The office assigned special staff to help users learn the new system during the first few weeks of the program's implementation. Initial reaction was positive, according to Graham. "There were lots of big eyes and people saying `wow,'" he said. "Several people wanted to buy the scanned maps."

Those people weren't disappointed. Through a special arrangement between the office and AA Scan, copies of the scanned maps, along with a special TIFF-only version of Myriad, are available for purchase on CD ROM.

 


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