Web-based GIS - caring for
the citizen's wellbeing
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used as strategic planning
tools. Their popularity with the public sector and business stems from the ability to
effectively combine, analyse and visualise many different kinds of information content.
The latest GIS software applications operate over the Internet and enable multimedia
Project IWWM promotes the benefits of web-based GIS technology for healthcare. The
Interactive Wellbeing WebMap information service, now under development, will act both as
a decision support system and an information tool. The application analyses public sector
health-related information - such as population, medical, employment or social welfare
data - and distributes it over the Internet. Privacy protection and data security issues
are taken into consideration.
The system exploits Co-ordinate Based Mapping and web-based GIS technology. Its
features include map presentations, making information more comprehensible to lay people
and providing guidance for service companies on ways to improve marketing strategies. The
public sector is also offered new methods to evaluate authorities' administrative
capabilities. It can be tailored to users' requirements. The system could open new markets
for GI-related business.
An interactive demonstration on the IWWM stand highlights basic principles of the
Co-ordinate Based Mapping method. These principles cover user groups, enquiries,
visualisation techniques and summary presentation examples. Also on show is on-line access
to information - and its use in strategic decision-making.