Serving a parish of 13,000 people, Sudbury Town Council has shown that you don’t have to be a large local authority to take advantage of the digital mapping which is available through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA).
The council used to rely for its geographic information on hand-written annotations made to one large paper map fixed to the office wall of community warden, Bradley Smith. He describes the difficulties this posed: “I could interpret my scribbles, however, I couldn’t share them with my colleagues in the council. Nor could I share them with the agencies we partner with – parish, district and county councils, housing associations, the police, and schools. I had read about the Public Sector Mapping Agreement and decided to see how we could make better use of digital mapping from Ordnance Survey.”
Bradley contacted British GIS software developer, Cadcorp. In just three months the council was sharing PSMA mapping using Cadcorp’s free desktop GIS, Map Express. This software is now installed on twelve PCs in the council offices.
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