Local GIS: development and assessment of the geoportal for local governments and local communities. Case study of a small town in Poland

Katarzyna Medolińska 1 , Izabela Gołębiowska 1 , and Izabela Karsznia 1
  • 1 Department of Geoinformatics, Cartography and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of , Warsaw, Poland


Of the numerous applications of GIS, administration and public services count among the main fields of application. They are both the users and the owners of the largest amount of spatial data. Portals for higher authorities have been the subject of extensive discussions, but the development and possible use of GIS systems in the form of geoportals at local levels still seems to have been insufficiently discussed. This article presents the process of designing and developing a portal for the lowest authorities - local authorities and the local community. A small town in Poland, Sokółka, was assumed as the study area. The concept development was preceded by, among others: recognition of the needs of an administrative unit in conducting spatial policy; establishment of the objectives, functionalities and assumptions of the designed GIS; a SWOT analysis of the designed geoportal; and an analysis of data resources. Pilot implementation was completed with an evaluation of the geoportal encompassing various groups of potential users.

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