Australia: Thirty South Australian (SA) councils collaborated together to establish a web-based mapping initiative which would allow SA residents to access a centralised database of spatial information and other community-related services.
John Gosbell, Spatial and Mobile Computing Administrator of the City of Marion and Project Manager of the SA Council Maps, said that the SA Council Maps’ aim is to create a user-friendly and cost-effective centralised mapping solution that would provide the community with 24X7 online access to state wide local government related information.
“One of the reasons for looking at a collaborative project between councils was to share resources, skills, funding, licensing, and infrastructure and also to develop a low cost solution for councils with limited resources” Gosbell said.
“The public now has been exposed to Google map and Google earth and those sort of applications has really lead the community to be quite savvy about the potential for using map-based solutions” he said.
The SA Council Maps would allow people to search for a location of interest in South Australia and find up-to-date information on local government services such as waste collection schedules, libraries, schools, hospitals, bushfire protection areas and other related facilities and locations. Access to demographic information on council areas was also made available to enlighten people who might be interested in migrating to areas in South Australia.