Through this project, we hope to be a positive influence to other agencies, enabling them to realize the value and the immense potential of spatial data and mash-ups. This project aims to proliferate the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data sharing among government agencies to deliver WOG outcomes and benefits.
For instance, the MOH could overlay the venues of hospital emergency departments with demographic information from DOS to assist with the identifications of gaps in service provision. Through collaboration with Singapore Police Force (SPF)’s Traffic Police Department, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) could superimpose traffic accident locations with their road network data for a comprehensive and intelligent visualisation of accident analysis and management. By harnessing GIS technology, government agencies would be able to make better, informed decisions in areas such as strategic planning, operations management, research studies, homeland security, crime prevention and risk management.
This project was presented to the SG-SPACE Coordinating Committee chaired by the Chief Executives of SLA and IDA. Members of the committee include senior management from MHA, ACRA, MINDEF, DOS, IDA and MOH. The Committee was very pleased with the outcome – the usefulness and potential for value-add generated by the new layers.
They see it as a good showcase and initiative of what can be done for many other agencies and it helps businesses to reach out to their customers and cater to their needs through the analysis of business data with population profiles of Singapore. It is an example of the kind of public data mash-ups that could bring real value to businesses and the public and at very little additional cost since it relies on data that is already existing and publicly available.