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Ministry of Natural Resources to expand digital LIS across government

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has recently said that it is planning to expand the initial rollout of remote access to its digital land information system to other parts of the public service.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based ministry first started delivering data-intensive mapping technology to staff members in more than 50 offices in December 2003 using Citrix’s MetaFrame Presentation Server. The technology allows users to query the proprietary Natural Resources and Values Information System (NRVIS) centralizes data on roads, lakes, conservation reserves, boundaries, Crown-leased land. It also allows users to access databases through a thin client interface on their desktop or laptop.

Other Canadian Citrix customers in the public sector include Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), which has been using MetaFrame to give forest fighters access to more than 140 applications, including environmental information, maps and GIS data through ArcView.