What is GIS and how is it important to Kossuth County?
The acronym stands for Geographic Information System. In a basic form, it’s a way to present geographically referenced data. That data can include roads, property lines, address points, school district boundaries and surveyed section corners just to name a few. Most often the information is placed over aerial imagery in order to provide a more holistic view of how data is related to the real world. Kossuth County acquired its own aerial photography in 2006 and now most recently in 2015. Aerial images are schedule to be acquired again in the spring of 2018.
The above explanation just barely brushes the surface of how GIS is used by the County. We utilize numerous data sources to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends within the County. Imagine the following question; How many acreages greater than 5 acres are located in the east half of Plum Creek township, built between 1950 & 1970, are within the Algona School District, on paved roads, within 2 miles of a conservation site and less than ½ mile from a 36” culvert? Odd question at best, however it is one that can be efficiently answered with the assistance of GIS.
Kossuth County utilizes and updates cadastral information on a routine basis for the purposes of assessment, asset inventory, land ownership and emergency management.
Aviailable Data & Fees
Kossuth County data is currently available by request only and requires a signed media agreement from private entities. Applicable fees may apply ($25.00 minimum charge)
- Format: ESRI .shp or .gdb
- Projection: NAD83 State Plane Iowa North
- Units: US Feet
- Available Data: Parcels, Political Boundaries, School Districts
Printed GIS maps and exhibits up to 11”x17” are available for purchase at the Courthouse. (Ask for the GIS person at the Auditor’s or Assessor’s window located on the second floor)