In addition to our day-to-day activities, the State Cartographer's Office works on larger-scale projects with time frames of several months or even years. These projects may include major updates to our website or mapping applications, funded research projects, large data development activities, and large-scale coordination initiatives. These projects are sometimes internal, but in other cases involve collaboration with outside partners. This page highlights these projects and identifies resources where additional information can be found.

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By Codie See   
February 25, 2016
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(October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016)


The Wisconsin Department of Administration and the State Cartographer's Office are working on a "Version 2" Statewide Parcel Map Database Project. This project will update, improve, and streamline the maintenance of the state’s first publicly available statewide digital parcel map.

By AJ Wortley   
July 02, 2014
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(August, 2013 - May, 2015)

The State Cartographer's Office and UW Cartography Lab are partnering on a project to create an online interactive map of international collaborative activities within the UW School of Education.  The resulting map may aid students and administrators alike in identifying new or relateed opportunities for study abroad or international collaboration.  The project is sponsored by the School of Education and the Division of International Studies.

By AJ Wortley   
July 02, 2014
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(October, 2013 - October, 2014)

The SCO's online Catalog of Aerial Photography provides a comprehensive listing of aerial photography acquired by federal, state and local agencies and other groups, separated by county. This catalog is the most complete record of aerial photography in Wisconsin to date, containing information for over 3000 projects.  In Fall of 2013, the office began working on a complete update to the catalog including validation of existing records and a new, improved user interface.

By Howard Veregin   
April 17, 2014
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(July 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015)


The Wisconsin Department of Administration has finalized an agreement with the State Cartographer's Office for a “Version 1 Statewide Parcel Map Database Project” to create the state’s first statewide digital parcel map to be made publicly available. The Version 1 Project will create a statewide parcel database aggregated from existing county and municipal parcel datasets.

By Howard Veregin   
November 27, 2013


The State Cartographer's Office provides opportunities for students to participate in service-learning projects, to apply what students have learned in the classroom and enhance their university experience. These projects are often carried out in collaboration with other units at UW-Madison, other UW system campuses, and individuals in the community.