Lincolnshire County Council consolidates GIS

New platform provides 600 staff with access to PSMA and third party datasets

Lincolnshire County Council has consolidated its geographical data systems into a single platform.

Lincoln Cathedral from the airIt has confirmed that it recently completed the implementation of the Location Centre platform provided by Scottish company thinkWhere, and is now using it as its corporate geographical information systems (GIS).

It includes a hosted online data store, currently holding more than 1.8 Gb and accessed by a range of web maps, web services and web GIS, and is integrated with an open source desktop GIS.

It contains countywide coverage of datasets from Ordnance Survey covered by the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), third party datasets and the council’s own data.

Reducing risk

Andrea Bowes, ICT data and information systems architect in Lincolnshire’s information management and technology team, said: “Prior to the start of this project we had a number of unsupported software packages, running on an end of life operating system, accessing potentially out of date data.

“This entire project was about reducing risk by giving users across the organisation easy access to accurate, current and consistent data in order to make informed decisions.”

As part of the project Lincolnshire also chose to implement QGIS, an open source, desktop GIS application that integrates with Location Centre via a thinkWhere developed plug in. This is giving more than 600 users access to the data.     

Bowes added: “As we move forward with the Location Centre we hope to explore opportunities offered by web services improving engagement using smartphone technology.”    

The procurement took place through G-Cloud.

Image: Lincoln Cathedral and surrounding area, from thinkWhere