A major responsibility is to provide technical assistance to Cape Cod towns and to other departments in Barnstable County's regional government. Assistance ranges from providing copies of data layers to making complex maps through an iterative process of drafts and revisions.
The GIS department is a service center for regional GIS data and digital maps with hundreds of theme-based layers that can be used by town GIS departments and their consultants, nonprofit agencies, and businesses.
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Population: 215,769 (US Census estimate, 2011)
County: 1 (Barnstable County)
Towns: 15 municipalities (Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth)
Total Area: 412 square miles (396 sq.mi. = upland)
Highest Point of Land: Pine Hill in Bourne (306 feet above sea level)
Deepest Pond: Mashpee-Wakeby Pond (95 feet deep)
Largest Freshwater Feature (in surface area): Long Pond - Brewster & Harwich (743 acres)
Number of Ponds: 994 (165 with surface area greater than 10 acres)
Phil ("Jay") Detjens
Gary Prahm (part-time)