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​The City has used this year’s Geo-Information Systems (GIS) Day to unveil a newly deployed data hub at the Metro Centre, which enhances geographical information and land information systems (GeoLIS) through cutting-edge cloud-based applications.

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This presents a new paradigm for information management and data retrieval for the City.

The GeoLIS has been identified as one of the first projects by GIS to be included on the state-of-the-art VxBlock Infrastructure platform and will now allow the City the opportunity to rapidly deploy pervasive virtual solutions.

The City celebrated GIS Day today, 14 November 2018, which is a worldwide event designed to celebrate the technology of Geographic Information Systems. It provides a platform for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate actual cloud-based applications that make a difference in municipal planning.

“If you are involved in the management, marketing, monitoring, or planning of property, environmental safety, and security or engineering issues, Geographic Information cannot be ignored,” said Sharon Seckle, the City’s Manager of Property Information Systems.

The City of Joburg has been celebrating GIS Day since November 2004 in a bid to share, demonstrate, raise awareness and educate residents about geography and geospatial technology and to market the various products and services offered by the GIS directorate.

GIS is important in that it helps planners manage property information and to analyse, capture and maintain spatial data, amongst other solutions. The department of Geo-Information Systems, located on the eighth floor at the Metro Centre, also offers members of the public imagery such as aerial photography, satellite images, and 3D building models.

The department combines geographic and other types of data to determine property values and classification. It also produces maps and reports for all areas and works closely with the Deeds Office and the City’s Revenue Department, Seckle told attendees.

GIS specialises in capturing and maintaining databases containing stand and township information, proposed townships information, street addresses, zoning information, administrative boundaries and topographical information.