Yogamaps - Name/Address POI file Map
Created By: yogazoo
Last Updated: February 2nd, 2011 7:02am
West: -116.051° East: -104.039°
Country: United States
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I've always been proud to live in a state where GIS data is so plentiful, detailed, and important. From our Cadastral mapping (mapping of each and every land parcel in the entire state) to our aerial photography (2009 infrared/NAIP) Montana is hard to beat when it comes to freely available geospatial data.
I digress. This .gpi file was created by Garmin's POI loader. You can place this file directly into the "POI" folder on your unit or create a folder named "POI" if you don't already have one. For those of you who would like to use POI loader to load these databases onto an older unit, I have included the CSV files with the custom symbols.
What does it do? This POI file contains two seperate databases 1) "Structure-Name" and 2) "Structure-Address". You can select which one to query based on what information you have to locate a particular house. If you have the address and you don't have City Navigator you can use the Structure-Address database. If you know the persons name but have no idea where they might live you can search the database by name. That's right, just enter a name to query and the databse will produce hits based on your location (NOTE: To generate the NAME CSV file I performed a spatial join with cadastral polygons.)
I have no idea how inclusive this data is but after looking at it in ArcGIS I'd say it's amazing how many houses are included. Load it up, give it a try. I plan on updating this information every six months to keep the data from stagnating.
Online link to the raw data shapefile: http://giscoordination.mt.gov/data.asp#Structures
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The image below is an example of how this custom POI database might look on your GPS screen (this example overlays Birdseye Imagery from Garmin). The white squares with black outline are symbols I used. You can create your own symbols by editing the BMP's in the zip file and reloading the databases with POI loader. If you have trouble with this dataset or have questions on how to get it into your GPS unit please feel free to contact me (Yogazoo) at Lampropeltis@gmail.com. Enjoy!