Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Online Mapping Tool, launched

Fife Council has launched an online mapping tool aimed at providing better information to the public about local services.

Following a pilot scheme, the tool went live earlier this month. Its initial function is to provide information about the draft consultative Fife Core Paths Plan.

Ken Campbell, from Fife's corporate geographic information systems (GIS) team, said: "This kind of interactive mapping provides users with much more detailed information than they are able to see in the overview maps that we used before.

"The tool has already helped us to improve the consultation processes for core paths. It shows detailed plans for the current proposals for core paths and provides a direct link into the online consultation forms with a precise location that helped us to respond to the consultation more effectively."

He added: "More generally, the new mapping tool means we can now publish many other different kinds of information online, such as helping with reporting faults, or checking school catchments."

The cost of the tool was kept to a minimum as the council adopted open source software to develop it.


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