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Welcome to the Arizona State Cartographer's Office

The Arizona State Cartographer's Office is dedicated to improving access to GIS information and geospatial data.

Below are new geospatial web services that are available for your use.

The AZGEO Clearinghouse is an initiative of the Arizona Geographic Information Council and is maintained and hosted by the Arizona State Cartographer’s Office and the Arizona Land Resource Information System (ALRIS). The clearinghouse is designed to provide GIS users with links to Internet GIS services, metadata, and geospatial data downloads. AZGEO was created to provide access to geospatial data resources for Arizona stakeholders. AZGEO also allows for group collaberation and tiered data distribution.
Screen shot of the Arizona Imagery ServerThe Arizona Imagery Server is an ArcIMS map service that allows the viewing of Arizona orthophotography. The service is intended to be used as a map service in desktop GIS applications, but the online viewer may also be used by those without access to GIS software. The imagery is not available for download due to the large size of the data files.

SCO Background

The State Cartographer's Office (SCO) was established in State statute in 1988 and was funded by the Arizona State Land Department in 1995.
The SCO was created in large part due to the efforts of the Arizona Geographic Information Council(AGIC) in the belief that establishing funding for the SCO was a high priority in order to fulfill the objectives of the AGIC Strategic Plan.
AGIC's Strategic Plan clarifies the relationship of AGIC, as a policy board, Arizona Land Resource Information System (ALRIS), as the state GIS data base developer, and the SCO as the standards and data base coordinator.
The State Cartographer is responsible for developing and managing a long term program for collecting, updating, and disseminating statewide information about GIS data resources in an Arizona GIS clearinghouse. This effort is ongoing.
AGIC has identified as one of the main duties of SCO, the exploration of alternative funding sources for the development and maintenance of GIS data, which includes examining legal issues related to the access, cost recovery, and sharing of that data.



Current Projects
  • SCO Survey and Stakeholder Visits
    Through in-person, on-site, visits and a web-based survey tool we hope to build a compelling story of how the various stakeholder businesses, all across our large state, utilize and depend on geospatial information.  Stakeholders of interest include those involved with: Federal Government, Tribal Interests, State Agencies, Regional Government Organizations, County Governments, City/Town/Village Governments, Non-Profit Organizations, Geospatial Service Providers (Private), Private Businesses (as users of GIS), K-12 Academics (as users of GIS), and Post-Secondary Academia.   We will document business cases, goals, strengths/challenges, necessary partnerships, and stakeholder views on strategic prioritization of SCO and AGIC efforts,
We would like to work with as many of you as possible.  Contact the State Cartographer's Office if you would like to encourage a visit.  
  • AZGEO (ongoing)
    Efforts continue to ensure the most complete, timely, and authoritative geospatial information repository for the state of Arizona.
Completed Projects

News and Activities

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