The DeedDrafter repository from Esri is an application built on the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for translating metes and bounds from deeds and legal descriptions into cadastral GIS data. The use of metes and bounds is limited to a few states in the U.S. Most states, including my current state of Washington, use the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) for describing real property.

Because we use the PLSS in Washington, DeedDrafter has little use to me out of the box. However, the source code is available and would a great head start for someone interested in learning how to develop applications on the ArcGIS Runtime SDK. It is encouraging to see Esri, a major player in the GIS software industry, publishing application and library source code on GitHub.

“Why I starred” is a series of articles describing projects I star on GitHub and why I found them interesting. My hope is that you’ll find them interesting as well.