Australia’s biggest mapping technology research

Whether it’s responding to a resident’s requests for graffiti removal, managing risk in relation to an uneven footpath, or knowing when an arborist needs to trim a tree branch – Australia’s councils are doing more with maps than anyone thought possible.

The 2013 GIS in Local Government Benchmark Study is a national research initiative investigating the use of mapping technology and data by Australia’s councils.

The study surveyed 150 respondents and focused on the key areas of: Gov 2.0, geodesign and sustainability, Web 2.0 technologies, and emergency management.

The findings of the Study demonstrated that councils, as key players in the Geographic Information System (GIS)  community, are increasingly harnessing mapping technologies and location-based data to generate real outcomes for their residents – and make a material difference to the way their communities operate.

Some of the key findings of the Study include:

  • The most popular Web 2.0 technologies that councils currently utilise include social media, intelligent maps and smartphone apps.
  • More than one third of respondents already leverage crowdsourced data in some capacity – and a further 22 per cent intend to explore how it can be used.
  • 83 per cent of respondents believe crowdsourced information is important to emergency response activities.
  • 95 per cent of respondents indicated they believe there should be a greater capacity for councils to share information with other councils and government departments.

The 2013 GIS in Local Government Benchmark Study contains: a detailed outline of all Study findings; commentary from industry leaders on the role of spatial technology in the sector; and, best practice examples of how local governments across Australia – and around the world – are already using GIS to better meet the needs of their communities.