Open Source GIS Services (OSGIS) specializes in providing cost-effective GIS products and services to small businesses using open source and inexpensive commercial software. Open source software are free programs created through the collaborative efforts of programmers from around the world. Over the last few years open source GIS software has rapidly developed and includes many of the features of commercial software that costs thousands of dollars. Using this software lowers our overhead which allows us to pass the savings to you.
PAMAP is a new, electronic map of Pennsylvania being compiled by the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). As part of this program DCNR has collected high-resolution aerial photos and extremely accurate elevation data for the entire state. The elevation data was collected using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology and processed into 2' contours. Some of this data is currently available to the public. A total of 67 counties have been flown, processed, and checked for quality. Individual downloads of these files in ESRI Shapefile format can be accomplished at the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA) web site for free. OSGIS has developed several services and products to help more organizations use the PAMAP LiDAR data, including the LiDAR derived contours in AutoCAD DWG format.