A Map Mavin Case Study -- Small Local Governments


Small Local Governments

In this case study GIS administrators use Map Mavin to work with people in the field without expensive enterprise software.


Local governments have their work cut out for them, especially small governments with limited funding. Not only do they need to collect important geographic data for their service area, but they also need to disseminate this data to the public. Network GIS programs are expensive and most small governments don’t need (nor can they afford) more than one GIS expert, but they still must work with people in the field. One license to a robust GIS program like ArcGIS or MapInfo – or even an open-source option like QGIS – is all that’s needed.

The GIS administrator does all the heavy lifting of data entry, digitizing and geoprocessing. With field data collection, non-GIS users working for the city don’t always have the expertise to use or access to a GIS program.

“ Map Mavin helps even the playing field by offering collaboration tools at an affordable price.”


This is when admins transfer the data to Map Mavin to facilitate collaboration between all users. For this example, the admin needed information on tree health in the city and had an existing tree layer, including species, overall health at the last checkup and location.

Uploading GIS data to Map Mavin is as easy as a button push inside of ArcGIS. As the city has a license to Esri products, the admin took advantage of our free ArcGIS-to-MapMavin plugin. This automatically transferred the layers in an ArcGIS project, along with styling, to their Map Mavin account and created a new web map.

After they loaded the layers, the admin modified the data, added in background information and made final tweaks to the web map. Once the map was ready to go, the admin moved to the permission window. Here they set the map to private, so only authorized users could view and edit layers. From there, the admin added the email addresses of all the users helping with data collection and set their individual permissions to edit. Once saved, the system sent emails to the users, inviting them to the map.

The admin’s work is done, now it’s up to the users in the field to add information to the tree layer. After signing up for a free Map Viewer account, they accessed the map and located the trees that needed updating. They then edited the attribute data for each tree, updating overall health. This GIS data was immediately updated in the admin’s account. Once they finished field collection, the admin downloaded the modified dataset and added it back into their GIS.

With Map Mavin, these small governmental organizations don’t need to finance a large GIS suite. Instead, they can collect, catalog, edit and share data all within one system. When it comes to collaborating with employees and members of the public, it’s not always easy to share interactive maps. By exporting their datasets to Map Mavin, they can quickly collaborate with all their stakeholders.


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Map Mavin allows users to make effective maps quickly online and without the need for a desktop program. These maps can be shared live with other users across the globe, bringing a new degree of collaboration to online mapping and opening a whole new realm of potential opportunities to work with spatial data in real time.


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