The public are engaging with maps at a level and complexity not seen before. That endless supply of data in everyone’s pocket is slowly but surely eroding the barriers of specialized technical systems and enabling democratic access. Local Government needs to be on the crest of the new wave.
Just over decade ago, Google introduced the world to a new way to discover, search, and interact with our own communities via online street maps and satellite imagery in Google Maps. Answering questions about our own location had never been simpler, and it cleared a path forward for the application of GIS via simplicity and accessibility.
If you’re still serving online maps from your own in-house server, you know that Total Cost of Ownership of those deployments is massive. If your legacy server setup isn’t delivering against your ever shrinking budget, cloud mapping offers greatly reduced TCO alongside rapid deployment possibilities and increased end-user satisfaction.
After all, local government web maps exist to help the community, so end-user accessibility and usability should be high on the list of concerns.
Democratizing local data through cloud mapping requires a high level of usability and accessibility to be baked in to your online GIS.
Users demand always-on services, instant access, on any device, wherever they are.
Sounds complex, right? Complexity usually means blood, sweat, some tears, and yes, extra cost – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Cloud mapping offers exciting and transformative results for local governments. Read our post on cloud mapping for Counties to learn more.
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