City of Plymouth, England, to use Web-Mapping solutions to solve socio-economic problems

City of Plymouth, England, to use Web-Mapping solutions to solve socio-economic problems

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Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced that Intergraph UK has been chosen to develop and implement Plymouth Informed, the City of Plymouth’s Web-based spatial visualization and analysis system, using Intergraph’s Web mapping solutions. Integrating socioeconomic information from the city partnership’s various agencies and
organizations, Plymouth Informed will provide the partners and, eventually, the public easy Web-based access to extensive indicators and geostatistics – such as unemployment, education, drug use and crime – displayed as maps, histograms or tables. The system will streamline information access and analysis, thus resulting in better planning by community leaders to solve the city’s socioeconomic problems.

Built using Intergraph’s GeoMedia WebMap, Plymouth Informed fills a gap for accurate and reliable citywide intelligence that the local strategic partnership, Plymouth 2020, requires in its quest to develop the economy of the city and renew urban and neighborhood areas. Plymouth Informed aims to combine individual organizations’ social and economic information to allow city and partnership leaders to gain fuller insight. This new insight is expected to help better identify and target problem neighborhood areas and
subsequently provide coherent responses to the underlying causes of problems
rather than individual effects.

Previously, the partnership made up of eleven community and government organizations and the city council, all worked on disparate systems with no common information technology or network between them. Lacking the resources to easily bring different data sets together, officials exchanged copies of data which then had to be translated and imported into each individual organization’s system, often causing data to be displayed using inconsistent views or baselines. This problem was compounded as agencies and
organizations were working with different boundary definitions for areas and
neighborhoods within the city.

Initially available internally, the system’s planned debut for public use is September 2003 and will include information about Plymouth 2020’s neighborhood renewal strategy and progress.