The Annapolis District Planning Commission (ADPC) under the auspice of the Western Valley Development Authority (WVDA) of Nova Scotia, has selected ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) software as their web-based, municipal GIS for the Centre for Land Information and Computer-based Knowledge (CLICK) project.
The CLICK project is funded through Industry Canada’s Smart Communities Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to support municipalities in using information and communication technology to benefit the community. CLICK focuses specifically on municipal planning, public works, and
development/building permit tracking applications. It will allow the ADPC municipalities of Middleton, Bridgetown, and Annapolis Royal to access information such as pipes, sewer lines, property boundaries, heritage structures, historic districts, and civic numbers. The municipalities will use GIS to access information on their desktops, over the Internet with a web-based GIS, and in the field using a handheld PC.
Using the wireless handheld devices, field staff will be able to view information and input new information to the database. GIS technology, with the addition of satellite geo-positioning, will even display individual workers’ “footprints”, showing where they are standing, relative to the map or diagram on the screen.
The ADPC is partnering with the Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in the Annapolis Valley. The ADPC will build and maintain a public Internet site, and the information will be transmitted via a server at NSCC/COGS in Lawrencetown. NSCC/COGS will have access to all ADPC databases for real application use in the classroom. Students will provide application design and enhancement in a municipal
environment, the ADPC will benefit from the College’s work. NSCC/COGS students will also be able to participate in applications training for the program. ESRI Canada will supply the software, configuration, and implementation for the system.
CLICK must meet three main goals: to be community-based, sustainable, and replicable. Consistent with the above, it is the intent of the ADPC and its CLICK partner the NSCC/COGS, to develop a GIS model that could be used by other small and rural communities using ESRI software. The overall goal is to take this GIS model and apply it to other communities across Canada.
Along with the ADPC and NSCC/COGS, ESRI Canada will also be working with other local partners including NovaLIS Technologies, Paradise Consulting Services, and Remote Information Management Inc.