PUMA is primarily an Internal tool for County departments. We no longer sell/distribute/support PUMA for the public or external users.
The Josephine County Geographic Information Systems department has developed an ArcView GIS tool
that provides the user with a simple interface for viewing, querying, mapping, and
reporting on many aspects of land use, land ownership, and the natural environment in
Josephine County. The application also makes this information easy to disseminate by
providing ready-made maps and property reports.
The application is focused on parcel level data and includes most of the information
available through the County Assessors office. In addition, many layers of GIS data may be
accessed to give a much more comprehensive picture of land in Josephine County. The GIS
data includes information about soils, rivers and streams, slopes, topography, and flood
zones, as well as geo-referenced aerial photography and digital USGS 7.5
minute quad maps.
General Use Guidelines
The user is initially presented with the Puma view. This view has many base map
features already loaded and symbolized appropriately. This allows
userís to begin using the GIS immediately instead of hunting around for the
proper data sources and getting them symbolized appropriately.
The user interface has been customized with the addition of a number of tools and
buttons. These customizations are provided to allow novice GIS users to accomplish
tasks that they would be otherwise be unable to perform, such as producing property reports
using Crystal Reports, or to speed-up and enhance common functions such as
features in the view.
There will still be maps and/or reports that will require the involvement of a GIS
professional. In these instances the GIS staff, located at 510 NW 4th
St., Grants Pass, OR, is available to help you attain the goals of your GIS project.
Arcview and PUMA components
When referencing the help system it will be useful to know the basic components of the
program. The image below is labeled to show the
Menu Bar, Button Bar,
Tool Bar, the view - generally referred to as
the PUMA view in this help document - and the Table of Contents.
and buttons work approximately the same, they start some process for the user. For example,
they will bring up a dialog for the user to create a graphic shape, or a graphic outline
will be drawn around the currently selected tax lot. Tools are a little different, they
are activated and then the user applies the tool within the View window. Tools, therefore
are generally for interacting with a very specific portion of the View. For example, the
Latitude/Longitude tool is used to find the specific latitude and longitude of point the
user "clicks" in the view window.
The Project window is where documents are managed in Arcview. If you close the PUMA
view, it can be re-opened from the project window. New views, layouts, and other document
types are also created here. When using PUMA this window is usually hidden behind the PUMA
view, and is rarely used by beginning users.
The PUMA view is the customized view document. It is automatically opened when PUMA is
launched. It takes up most of the area of the image below. This is where the user
interacts with the various map components. The Table of Contents (TOC), is aligned
vertically along the left side of the view. This is where the themes are
managed. The small
check mark on a theme means it is visible, unchecking the theme (by clicking on it) will
make the theme invisible (it is not drawn in the view).