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Massachusetts Uses Municipal Mapping Technology 01.21.2002

January 21, 2002
City of Northampton, Mass., publishes interactive citywide maps on the Internet.

The website at Northampton Mass., now features an interactive citywide map of the town. Visitors can view a variety of map features such as aerial photographs, parcels boundaries, zoning districts, bike paths, contour lines, flood plans and more. Its maps allow visitors to zoom, pan, select and find map features.

Clicking on any map feature, such as a parcel, brings up the related database detailing lot numbers, dimensions, owner records, etc. Users can also search for parcels by any field in the database, which will highlight the parcel and return the associated database record.

The interactive map is published directly into the City of Northampton's website using BeyondGeo, a fully automated Internet-based mapping service offered by Blue Marble Geographics of Gardiner, Maine.

Blue Marble Geographics is a leading developer and provider of geographic software products that provide sensible solutions for users and developers of geographic data. BeyondGeo is a simple and complete Internet map server service that enables businesses and organizations to easily and cost-effectively publish interactive, database-driven maps on their website. Blue Marble currently serves over 120,000 customers in over 60 countries.