Top honours for Brampton information technology

The City of Brampton has received the Esri Canada award of excellence for using geographic information system (GIS) technology to support their “open government” initiative. The city developed Brampton GeoHub, an open data platform which has increased the transparency of the city government to residents and saved money. The collaborative technology makes it much easier for people to access public information such as property maps, bike maps and zoning by-laws.

The technology is hailed as a platform for a “future ready” Brampton.

“In building a ‘future ready’ city, we’re committed to excellence in government services,” said Joseph Pittari, Brampton commissioner of corporate services, in a news release. “With the GeoHub, we are not only providing transparent service, it is also our aim to foster innovation and transformation in how we interact with our citizens. Through the GeoHub story and mapping features, our residents can get a better understanding of their community and its surroundings.”

GeoHub was created in collaboration with multiple city departments. Because of that integration, the accuracy, quality and currency of the information is kept to a very high standard and is more widely distributed, all through one application.

By providing users with the tools to explore, visualize, analyze, filter and use different open datasets before they have to use or download them, people are more likely to understand and use the data in their own analysis and applications. Through the integration of analytical tools such as interactive dashboards, mapping applications and additional resources, the city significantly enhances the value of their open data. Brampton GeoHub users can find exactly what they are looking for, filter it and download only the bits they actually need.

The hub is available to staff, citizens, businesses and students. The bottom line: when more people work with better information, decision-making improves.

Esri Canada is a Canadian-owned company that provides world-class enterprise GIS solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.  Headquartered in Toronto, they operate from 16 offices across the country.

“By using GIS, Brampton has encouraged residents to access the city’s site and more deeply engage with their community,” says Alex Miller, Esri Canada president, in a separate news release. “This has also saved the taxpayers thousands of dollars. In the first year of its use, the city saved about 588 hours of staff time.”

The project has been so successful that the number of open datasets served up through the hub increased from 15 in the first year (2015) to more than 240 datasets, documents and apps today.

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