Perth & Kinross and Angus Councils worked in partnership to procure an Intranet and Internet geographical information system (GIS) platform that would encourage data sharing and collaborative working. The goal was to derive significant efficiencies and cost savings by undertaking a joint procurement of a single infrastructure implementation that would allow shared development of features and solutions. A key element of this project was being able to deliver all Ordnance Survey datasets available through the One Scotland Mapping Agreement to support a wide range of local authority business solutions.
Both local authorities wanted to change their existing Intranet GIS, to standardise product sets across Intranet and Internet and to provide enhanced GIS functionality across each organisation.
The project had a broad remit and requirements including:
- Corporate Intranet application with editing capability.
- Data publication through web services.
- Simplified administration and procedures to update spatial datasets.
- Configurable maps that can be quickly inserted into each authority’s web pages, Intranet and applications.
The web GIS had to be to a common standard, yet flexible enough to meet the different business requirements of each organisation and their data repositories.
Location Centre is a fully-hosted GIS service delivered by Ordnance Survey Licensed Partner Forth Valley GIS. It provides both councils and their websites with easy access to Ordnance Survey data anywhere, at any time and, as the data is hosted on a remote platform, it enables an enhanced level of security and uptime that neither authority could otherwise guarantee.
Location Centre was phased in accordance to each council’s targets for information sharing and the need to integrate with external systems. These are now closely aligned, allowing a common roadmap for future development of features, with minor enhancements agreed and prioritised between both councils and Forth Valley GIS.
Perth & Kinross and Angus councils can now access a broad range of functionality; from the deployment of simple web mapping to the delivery of specific business tools without the need to invest in costly desktop GIS or business system licences. Using data provided through Perth & Kinross and Angus councils membership of the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (including OS MasterMap® Topography Layer), Location Centre can draw from the very latest geographic information (GI) and incorporate it into bespoke solutions for both local authorities.
Location Centre has enabled both councils to:
- Benefit from a robust, centralised geographic data resource which increases productivity.
- Support the delivery of essential services for the public through rapid web mapping. For example, both council’s have published gritting routes on their websites, and further maps are targeted to the relevant sections or services.
- Realise significant cost savings estimated to be around £70 000, each through the use of an externally hosted system and data supplied under the One Scotland Mapping Agreement.
- Enhance and reinforce community projects, including property asset management systems and school transport enquiry management, via bespoke electronic mapping solutions.
- Support e-governance set standards and targets by providing metadata management functionalityfor accordance with the European INSPIRE Directive.
- Boost access to the most up-to-date Ordnance Survey data by allowing the councils to easily share GI data internally and with external customers, which complies with Ordnance Survey copyright and council business protocols.
- Provide access to the One Scotland Gazetteer web services, to enable easy access to accurate national address data.