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Feasibility of the Southwest Nova Scotia Community Information Utility

Feasibility of the Southwest Nova Scotia Community Information Utility

2010-2012

Client: Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Studies

The SSMIC GIS group has been assisting several community related partners in Southwest Nova Scotia to build interest and determine the feasibility of implementing a rural community information utility (CIU). The potential CIU solution could serve the shared GIS needs of several municipalities, health agencies, utilities and other government agencies and would be centred around the assets of the Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Studies. SSMIC was invited to assist with this initiative based on the success of the Sault Ste. Marie multi enterprise GIS solution. CFN Consultants Inc. was consulted to determine the feasibility of implementing a Community Information Utility in Southwest Nova Scotia. In the final report CFN Consultants Inc. researched other successful multi enterprise shared service GIS implementations and made the falling findings:

“The closest ‘pure’ Community Information Utility (CIU) model that the Consultant Team was able to find in an extensive benchmarking and literature review process was the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre development”

“The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is considered to be the definitive model of the CIU in Canada. With a history of more than a decade in operating this innovative Centre, Mr. Beach is considered to be an expert in the field and because of the leadership that he has shown in developing the CIU concept, he has become a noted authority on their development.”

“The SSM CIU is, without question, the most advanced organization of its type in Canada.”

“Over the past decade, the SSM CIU has been leading the country in respect to the novel application of the use of spatial data with advances in transportation management, natural and resource management, economic development, municipal governance and management, but, also, for the purpose of improving health and social services”

CFN Consultants Inc.    Final Report Regarding the Feasibility Study for the Southwest Nova Scotia Community Information Utility 2011

 

 

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