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In January of 2012, the culmination of a year and a half of mapping, coding, verifying, and usability testing resulted in the official release of an improved, updated, on-line mapping program, MORIS. (Full name: Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System.) This road-tested, user-friendly mapping tool is the result of a public-private partnership between Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS), SeaPlan, and Applied Science Associates. MORIS has hundreds of unique data layers from state, federal, and local sources (693 data layers as of January 2014, with more being added all the time)—providing users with one-stop data shopping and countless coastal mapping combinations. MORIS also allows users to share their creations by printing, emailing, or downloading (which also allows for later map modification). And it's all free, even the program code, which techies can use to create their own version of MORIS.
Although Massachusetts coastal management professionals have made up the bulk of MORIS users in the past, the updated version has a lot to offer to anyone with a personal or professional interest in the state's ocean boundaries, waterways, infrastructure, and what lies above and beneath the surface. To open MORIS, start by clicking "yes" after reading the introduction page. When MORIS opens up, a map of the state will appear. Users can keep the default map or choose a basemap from another provider (such as Google, Bing, or OpenStreetMaps), each offering a unique cartographic view of the Commonwealth. Using the zoom and pan tools, you can focus on the specific area that interests you. You can also browse a listing of available data layers or search by key words. Here are some examples of data layers MORIS has to offer:
MORIS is the brother of OLIVER—MassGIS's on-line mapping tool that covers the whole state. And these siblings share much of the same information. So, you can travel inland with MORIS to find things like: Historic Districts, Legislative Districts, Median Gross Rent for different counties, and locations of Police Stations, Acute Care Hospitals, Railroads, Fire Stations, and Schools.
Finding exactly what you might be interested in may take some digging—so much information, all in one place! To help you find your way, MORIS has an extensive on-line user guide (click on the question-mark icon in the upper-right corner to open) with detailed information on how to use every aspect of MORIS, all written in plain English. For organizations who want to learn what MORIS can specifically do for them, CZM data management staff are available to train your team. Such trainings have been provided to employees of the Massachusetts Water Resource Agency and the South Shore Harbormasters, among others. If you would like to schedule training for your group, email CZM's Dan Sampson at firstname.lastname@example.org.