Canada’s geospatial data publishing firm DMTI Spatial announced the launch of their latest program, Local Government Information Sharing (Local GIS). Local GIS is DMTI Spatial’s third initiative this year, following the debuts of SMARTUSA and GRACE.
The Local GIS program is based on a partnership between DMTI Spatial and municipal governments that supplies local government with access to CanMap Streetfiles®, CanMap RouteLogistics, CanMap Parks, CanMap Rail, Enhanced Points of Interest, the Enhanced Postal Code file for Canada, and the Forward Sortation Area Boundaries for Canada. In return, DMTI Spatial receives mapping information that will assist in the maintenance of its CanMap product line.
“Local GIS is designed to address the demands placed on local governments in their attempt to maintain a street network file and related geospatial databases,” said Susan Giannou, Manager of Data Partnerships. A number of local governments such as the City of Leduc, Alberta have already recognized the benefits of such an initiative. Bart Pouteau, Geomatics Services Coordinator from the City of Leduc said, “The major benefit of DMTI’s Local GIS program for us is that it allowed us to create a spatial business directory using the Enhanced Points of Interest (EPOI) file which forms the foundation of a business locator application on our website. DMTI’s data will substantially reduce the time and effort to develop this application and also allow us to include SIC code designations, which was beyond the cities’ current capabilities.”