iShare Modules

More than a web map

Overview

iShare Maps offers a lot more than a simple public facing web mapping portal. A standard deployment of iShare Maps includes the My Maps, My House and My Nearest applications.

iShare Studio is used to configure and manage iShare Maps and DataShare manages data connections to external data sources and workflows to transform data prior to publication.

The iShare Maps API provides web developers with fine grained access to all of iShare’s rich functionality.

iShare Maps’ functionality can be extended with

  • Logger - fault reporting and consultations
  • Alerts - location based email alerts and broadcasts
  • Publisher - publication of Open Data feeds

Logger and Alerts are dependent upon iShare Maps, Publisher can be deployed independently of iShare Maps (see Data Integration Suite).

Studio

Configure and manage your iShare

iShare Studio is at the heart of every iShare solution. It facilitates the creation of a spatial data warehouse combining basemap data, corporate spatial data records and data managed within other systems including back office systems, databases, spreadsheets and file systems.

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Studio is at the heart of every iShare solution

iShare Studio can be used to manage and configure:

  • Map source, i.e. OS mapping, aerial photography etc.
  • Map tile cache, boundary settings, start point and initial zoom level
  • Map scales and zoom levels
  • Map description, watermark, copyright etc.
  • Map layers
  • My House
  • Find address, via Data Share and the UPRN
  • UPRN based queries for different data and field sources
  • Take me to... for specific locations i.e. Town Hall, Cathedral etc.
  • My Alerts set up and user parameters based on the NLPG’s UPRN
  • Logger administration for fault reporting and CRM integration
  • Data Share connections and cross referencing with service system data sources
  • Publisher search field configuration
  • Workflow management of individual tasks, scripted procedures or sets of tasks
  • Spatial data transforms
  • Data synchronisation
  • Backups

Data Share

Data harvesting and transformation

Data Share is the iShare data harvesting engine providing live and scheduled access to a multitude of data sources including spatial data warehouses, standard databases, standard geo file formats, spreadsheets and RSS Feeds.

Integration, so long the bugbear of organisations with multiple systems, is becoming easier and can mean huge cost savings for councils. Data Share integrates with ESRI CAPS/ArcSDE and other established spatial data warehouse solutions and can pull data from over 50 other established council systems. Data Share extracts data from back office systems and caches it into a separate open source database used by iShare. Key applications remain completely unaffected creating a resilient solution for public facing applications especially services delivered through council websites.

Data Share includes a workflow module so that data can be manipulated prior to publication, transformations include spatial joins, geocoding, anonymisation and aggregation. Data Share is also extendable through the use of standard scripts.

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Data Share is able to pull data from over 50 established software systems

Maps API

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Embedded map at Cambridgeshire County Council

The iShare Maps API enables a developer to embed interactive and static web maps within a web page with full control over map size, centre, zoom and layers displayed for example to display schools and libraries around a user’s location on an education page.

The iShare Maps API can be used to embed textual content based upon a spatial search e.g. Bin Collection day, Council Tax charge, elected members or nearest planning applications within the relevant service page.

Logger

Fault reporting and consultations

Logger enables citizens to locate on a map and report broken street lamps, abandoned cars, fly tipping, graffiti etc. and insert these reports into a CRM or other workflow. It also enables iShare data and mapping functionality to be made available for easier fault reporting in a call centre. Logger can also be deployed in public consultations as a means of gathering feedback on proposals.

Logger integrates with e-forms on council websites and uses iShare's mapping and location capabilities to make it easy for citizens to locate a broken street light or any other incident precisely on a map. Logger can integrate with most CRM systems used by call centres.

You can try Logger fault reporting live in action on the Cambridgeshire website or you can read a case study on the use of Logger at Cambridgeshire and Surrey Heath District Council here.

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My Alerts

Keeping citizens up to date
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My Alerts enables a member of the public to sign up to a Local Authority alert service that automatically sends an email when any council related service event happens within a predefined distance from their house. The module plugs into My House and picks up any new additions to data for a particular location.
Alerts can be configured for a wide range of council services and activities, South Tyneside Council offer 21 different potential alerts that a citizen can sign up for, including planning, road works, news and event alerts.

Once configured My Alerts is fully automated with minimal administration required. My Alerts encourages citizens to self serve and provides a regular broadcast of locally relevant information supporting citizen engagement and channel shift.

Publisher

Open Data publishing engine

Publisher enables a Council to publish any of its back office data  via its website. Engage with your citizens by publishing your information, making it accessible and allowing citizens to comment on it or post updates.

DataShare accesses siloed back office data and Publisher provides the means to search and access this data via a Council’s website. Publisher includes powerful search technology to facilitate the process. So? ...well this means that any information, useful to the public, but previously locked up in individual systems can now become accessible.

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Publisher provides access to planning applications data
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When planning data became available via Publisher web traffic soared
Publisher in action

Here are some examples of Publisher in action:

  • Planning - Simple or complex searches of the whole planning database.
  • Licensing - Perhaps a noisy pub is keeping you awake at night and you want to check out its precise licensing hours before reporting the behaviour.
  • Environmental Health - Look up hygiene assessments of local food outlets, favourite take-aways, clubs, pubs and restaurants. Enable links to online forms to allow citizens to report their own findings!
  • Building Control -  Publisher provides a simple way to publish all BC data held by a council.
  • Cemeteries - The BBC program ‘Who do you think you are?’ has driven a huge increase in the popularity of genealogy. Local Authorities hold vast amounts of data including cemeteries which can often provide clues to help people trying to trace their family lineage.