Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

A new web application introduced by the Morris County Department of Planning and Development and its Preservation Trust and Geographic Information Systems Divisions is getting positive reviews.

The Cultural Resource Inventory web application allows for instant access to and the exploration of a wealth of information about Morris County’s cultural resources.

Jan Williams, cultural and historic resources specialist for Morris County, and members of the county’s GIS staff were among the presenters at this year’s New Jersey Historic Preservation Conference where they unveiled the application before local historians, municipal historic preservation commission members, architects, preservation planners, heritage tourism providers, and more.

“The response was very positive,” Williams said. “They were eager to learn more about the application and how we in Morris County turned survey data into a living research, planning and public information tool.”

The application, https://morrisgisapps.co.morris.nj.us/apps/historicinventory.jsp, uses the latest in GIS technology to provide information about the county’s cultural resources including historic sites and districts that are important culturally not only to Morris County but to the country as well, Williams said.

Available searches include both the State and National Register of Historic Places, architectural styles, architects, construction dates and a structure’s demolition date.

Viewers have the ability to customize their area of historical interest and see the results of their requested searches displayed on an electronic map that offers zooming capabilities, a combination of Imagery or Hybrid map views and the ability to add or subtract mapped layers such as street lines or railroads, Williams said.

Williams suggests viewers visit the “Morris County Themes” section of the application for historical resources pertaining to the American Revolution, authors, sports, railroads and other categories unique to Morris County.

The Cultural Resource Inventory web application is designed for easy use for everyone from the professional historian to the lay person and everyone in between, Williams said.

According to Williams, staff at municipal libraries and at the Morris County Library is also being trained on the CRI, so they can assist their patrons who may have questions about using the web application.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Williams at 973-829-8120.