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Shelby County: knowledge suite: redefining the future.

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CONTENTS

A. System
 1. Victorian Mapping and Address Service (VMAS)--Enterprise System
 2. Letter from the executive administrator authorising submission
 of the system application
 3. Executive Summary
 User Testimonial: LANDATA(r) Services for Land Registry
 User Testimonial: Tourism Victoria--Experience Organiser
 User Testimonial: Victorian Spatial Smart Tag
B. Jurisdiction
 1. Name of Jurisdiction: Victorian Government (Australia)
 2. Population served by the organisation/agency:
 3. Annual total budget for jurisdiction:
 4. Name, title, and address of chief elected and or appointed
 official
 5. Name, title, address, telephone, FAX and email for contact
 person for system:
C. System Design
 1. What motivated the system development?
 2. What specific service or services was the system intended to
 improve?
 3. What, if any, unexpected benefits did you achieve?
 4. What system design problems were encountered?
 5. What differentiates this system from other similar systems?
D. Implementation
 1. What phases did you go through in developing the system?
 2. Were there any modifications to the original system design?
 Why? What?
E. Organisational impact
 1. What user community does the system serve and how?
 2. What are the ultimate decisions/operations/services being
 affected? If appropriate, provide a few examples including, but
 not limited: screen input/output forms, paper products, or other
 descriptive graphics
 Victorian Spatial Smart Tag
 DirectionsPlus proof of concept--Commonwealth Games
 Tourism Victoria--Experience Organiser
 Real-time mapping of government service delivery
 3. What were the quantitative and qualitative impacts of the system?
 4. What effect has the system had on productivity?
 5. What, if any, other impacts has the system had?
 6. How did the system change the way business is conducted with
 and/or service delivered to clients? Give specific examples
 comparing the old way with the new
F. System Resources
 1. What are the system's primary hardware components? Give a brief
 list or description of the hardware configuration supporting the
 system.
 2. What are the system's primary software components? Describe the
 primary software and, if a commercial package, any customisations
 required for the system.
 3. What data does the system work with? List and briefly describe the
 database(s).
 4. What staff resources were required to implement the system (i.e.
 report approximate staff and consultant time as FTE's)


A. System

** Victorian Mapping and Address Service (VMAS)--Enterprise System

** Letter from the executive administrator authorising submission of the system application

** One page summary ** User Testimonials from:

a. LANDATA[R], Phil Fitton

b. Tourism Victoria, Michael Hauser

c. Victorian Spatial Smart Tag, Bruce Thompson

1. Victorian Mapping and Address Service (VMAS)--Enterprise System

2. Letter from the executive authorising submission of the system application

3. Executive Summary

Spatial information is becoming increasingly recognised as an important key to many decision making processes in Government and Industry. However, the cost and specialist knowledge required to source, integrate, author and deliver spatial information is considered the single biggest impediment to wide spread use.

A key enabler for the use of spatial information in decision making is the ability to easily and quickly link business data to spatial information. The most common linkage between business and spatial information is address, although other spatial identifiers are also relevant. Spatial data includes address, location information and maps. For the majority of staff, access and utilisation of spatial data is a daunting technical exercise requiring GIS expert involvement. The problem therefore, is how we enable the 95% of staff that do not have GIS technical expertise, to access spatial and location based data in an easy to understand format and process that does not require large quantities of retraining and technical software acquisition.

As well as the issue of access to spatial data, there are also the issues of:

** duplication;

** need for uniform standards and policy approach, and;

** ensuring that the spatial data being used is an authoritative and accurate set of information on which to base decisions and planning for the state of Victoria.

The VMAS system provides authoritative mapping and address management functionality for all Government services requiring address entry and will support the address recogniser smart tag functionality contained in Microsoft Office 2003 products.

VMAS is leading the way in the delivery of spatial information via webservices and services oriented architecture within both the Victorian government and the broader Australian government jurisdictions. It provides a ubiquitous platform for the delivery of authoritative address validation, finding of location information and maps to the everyday government user. This is achieved through the embedding of connections within existing business applications to the VMAS webservice, thus allowing the platform to be connected to multiple business applications at the same time. It also offers government a clean and consistent approach to the collection and mapping of service delivery across the state and national jurisdictions

User Testimonial: LANDATA[R] Services for Land Registry

Name of User: Phil Fitton

Title of User: Operations Manager, LANDATA(r).

Name of application: Landata Services--Property Certificates

https://www.landata.vic.gov.au/tpc/tpc_home.aspx

The Landata unit within Land Registry is responsible for the provision of all the internal and external business applications for the Land Registry Office of Victoria.

VMAS has provided these applications with much needed robust mapping capability and access to the authoritative data sources for the provision of certificates, visual confirmation of property details and key planning and decision making.

It has removed the need for LANDATA[R] to maintain and replicate the framework data for the state and has significantly improved the services that we are able to offer.

User Testimonial: Tourism Victoria--Experience Organiser

Name of User: Michael Hauser

Title of User: Manager Online Technology and Development

VMAS Implementation--Provision of Location and Mapping functionality for Tourism Victoria's Experience Organiser Project

(experiencemelbourne.com)

Project Background

In 2005, Tourism Victoria secured funding from Dept Premier and Cabinet (DPC) to build a pilot online Experience Builder. This followed a recommendation from a report (Growing Patronage and Yield at Victoria's Cultural and Heritage Attractions) aimed at increasing patronage to cultural and heritage events and attractions.

Project Aim

The DPC report recommends to "distribute needs based information and content via an experience organiser". Phase 1 of the project aims to plan and build a pilot application to provide consumers with an online interactive feature allowing them to plan an experience in Melbourne from events (See), attractions (Do), restaurants (Eat), bars (Drink) and shops (Shop).

Project Mapping Requirement

The application needed a robust mapping solution to provide mapping and nearby location functionality.

Mapping Implementation

In partnership with DSE, Tourism Victoria successfully integrated VMAS functionality into the Experience Organiser application. VMAS creates dynamic mapping of events, attractions, bars, restaurant and shop locations. VMAS also powers the nearby location functionality that shows consumers what tourism events and businesses are close by. VMAS provides the core mapping functionality that enables the experience organiser to provide a unique, dynamic and interactive online experience for domestic and international visitors to Melbourne.

The pilot application is due to be launched from visitvictoria.com this week. Tourism Victoria expect a significant percentage of the 400,000+ visitors to the visitvictoria.com site per month to use the Experience Organiser application.

User Testimonial: Victorian Spatial Smart Tag

Name of User: Bruce Thompson

Title of User: Director, Spatial Information Infrastructure

Victorian Spatial Smart Tag http://www.geomatic.com.au/industries/government.aspx#smarttag

For myself and all the other non-GIS specialist staff in our department the Victorian Spatial Smart Tag is a fantastic means by which to access maps and location related information. The number of times that I didn't know a postcode or could remember the region that a particular place is in, would range into the thousands.

The Victorian Spatial Smart Tag (powered by the VMAS) saves time and makes myself and all staff more effective and efficient in delivering the policy and programs of government. Its growing use will ensure that it becomes a fundamental tool within government.

B. Jurisdiction

1. Name of Jurisdiction: Victorian Government (Australia)

2. Population served by the organisation/agency: Spatial Information Infrastructure (SII), part of Strategic Policy and Projects within the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), is responsible for the Victorian Government's key program for spatial information.

Mission

To provide Victoria's authoritative, comprehensive and easily accessible spatial information infrastructure to underpin effective decision making.

Focus

SII is responsible for developing and managing Victoria's fundamental spatial information and for DSE's corporate spatial information resources.

Its three areas of external focus are:

** Developing policies and strategies that support the development of the spatial information infrastructure and industry in Victoria.

** Providing secure and maintained fundamental spatial information infrastructure datasets for Victoria.

** Helping to realise the benefits of the spatial information infrastructure to allow more informed and better decision making and planning

In essence the population served by SII is the whole Victorian population through interaction with Government, Business & Academia.

3. Annual total budget for jurisdiction:

Victorian State Government: $29 billion Australian Dollars SII's operating budget: $13 million Australian Dollars VMAS budget approx: $350,000 Australian Dollars from recurrent expenditure for base operations. (VMAS operates on a cost recovery basis so must recoup expenditure on development)

4. Name, title, and address of chief elected and or appointed official.

Name: Bruce Thompson

Title: Director, Spatial Information Infrastructure

Street Address: 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Postal Address: PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

5. Name, title, address, telephone, FAX and email for contact person for system:

Name: Denise McKenzie

Title: Project Manager, Victorian Mapping and Address Service

Street Address: 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Postal Address: PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

Ph: 61 3 8636 2344

Fax: 61 3 8636 2814

Email: denise.mckenzie@dse.vic.gov.au

C. System Design

1. What motivated the system development?

Policy Drivers & Trends in Victorian Government

The Victorian governments key policy is called Growing Victorian Together. It is a people focused and place-based management policy that relies heavily on understanding the location and place contexts of the population of Victoria and the services that the government delivers to that population.

Due to this there has been a increase in demand and need for locality based data and improved access to that data for management and decision-making.

Advances in the IT industry have also been motivators in the development of the VMAS with government demand for:

** Centralised hosting and service delivery

** Adoption of Open Standards, OGC compliance

** Expectations of interoperability, vendor-neutral business systems

** Use of webservices

With the debut of both Google and Microsoft's entry into the spatial arena government has significantly increased its understanding of Spatial Information's capabilities and demand for spatial based business systems.

So with spatial information becoming increasingly recognised as an important key to many decision-making processes in Government and Industry, the demand on SII to meet these challenges has also increased. However we have still been faced with all the traditional impediments to widespread use of spatial:

** the cost

** specialist knowledge required to source, integrate, author and deliver spatial information

** specialist hardware and software

A key enabler for the use of spatial information in decision making is the ability to easily and quickly link business data to spatial information. Anecdotal research across the government departments in Victoria has shown that the most common linkage between business and spatial information is address, although other spatial identifiers are also relevant.

SII's aim in developing the VMAS system was to make basic spatial and address information readily available on the desktop for all government personnel. The strategic basis for this proposal needed to be backed by providing direct savings and benefits through the avoidance of the traditionally substantial capital and recurrent costs of spatial information systems, and the achievement of cost and operational efficiencies.

Objectives of VMAS are:

To provide the Department (and potentially other departments and agencies within the Victorian government) with broad access to basic spatial and address information, using, wherever possible, standard, existing IT infrastructure, and standard desktop software.

The key objectives being to provide the user with:

** Address (postal & property) verification

** Map functionality to desktop (no GIS specialist knowledge or technology required at the user level)

** Administration with ability to roll-out, administration and monitoring of system usage for audit and analysis purposes

Further to providing operational and strategic benefits through increased access to accurate spatial information, the VMAS system was also required to facilitate the collection of government service delivery information through its capacity to log and audit at the point of transaction the 'place-based' information regarding that service.

2. What specific service or services was the system intended to improve?

*** SII's ability to deliver spatial information into the non-specialist users world

*** Improved address validation, both postal and property

*** privacy legislation compliance, through improved address validation

*** Access to maps for non-specialist users

*** Access to location/place-based information

*** Government's capacity to understand where it's services are being delivered to, in a more timely, consistent and comparable manner.

3. What, if any, unexpected benefits did you achieve?

In the initial proof of concept for the system the aim was to get address validation, location information and maps into an accessible format for the everyday government user. The unexpected benefit was the system's capacity to link directly into existing government applications for the purpose of collecting geo-coded transaction information that ultimately allows government to map in real-time the delivery and application of its services across the state.

Whilst being aware that the development we were undertaking was fairly new it was not until the achievement of winning the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award 2005 for the proof of concept that we understood how ground-breaking this was.

4. What system design problems were encountered?

The original intent of the system was to be as open standard compliant as possible. The schema standard chosen was OpenLS. After many months of development and hardwork it was concluded that owning to the verbose nature of the schema and the unique elements of Australian addressing that were not compliant with the OpenLS we were unable to utilise the schema in its entirety and instead opted to hybrid the schema through use of components from the OASIS xNAL address standard.

5. What differentiates this system from other similar systems?

The take up of webservice development in Australia has been fairly slow by comparison with the United States. However Government is now beginning to realise the benefit that this type of technology can offer. The benefits that the VMAS offers that are not available in other Australian webservices are:

** it offers both postal and property verification (in Australia you have traditionally only been able to get consistent, automated validation for postal addresses only)

** single source, authoritative data owned and maintained by the Government (address, roads, cadastre, administrative boundaries, etc)

** vendor neutral platform interface, all XML generating platform can connect

** Open standard compliance (wherever practical in an Australian context)

D. Implementation

1. What phases did you go through in developing the system?

Partnership

With the restraints that are so often placed on government expenditure it is often difficult to develop systems that a truly innovative in design, due to the risks associated with such development. That in mind SII seeks to partner wherever possible with both private industry and the academic sector in order to collaborate and best share the skills and assets that each sector can offer.

The case of the Spatial Smart Tag proof of concept a three organisation partnership was formed:

** Victorian Government, through SII

** Geomatic Technologies, Spatial specialist SME

** Microsoft Australia

This was a highly successful partnership operating on a combination of shared and pre-owned intellectual property that enabled each party to benefit from the outcomes of the project.

Victorian Spatial Smart Tag (VSST) Proof of Concept

The first stage was the Victorian Spatial Smart Tag proof of concept project. This was run for approximately 6months with a budget of $125,000 (need to confirm this)

It entailed the building of a simple webservice that interfaced with the Microsoft Office functionality called smart tag, which is an out of the box feature of the Microsoft Office 2003 suite. In native configuration the smart tag links to an American website that allows you to search on address and view some maps.

The VSST system provided access to spatial functionality for the everyday office worker, with the primary functions being;

** clean, consistent, authoritative postal/property address verification

** ability to find aspatial information about the address ie. LGA, postcode, etc.

** ability to have customized maps returned

The VSST system achieved this through:

** moving the specialist knowledge and technology required to access and deliver spatial information into a OGC based web service/XML environment; and

** using the Microsoft desktop as a key conduit to the spatial information --a widely used and accepted workplace tool.

Further to providing operational and strategic benefits through increased access to accurate spatial information, the VSST system also facilitates the collection of service delivery information through its logging and auditing functions.

The success of the VSST PoC was truly realised in the achievement of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award 2005.

Tender

Following the announcement of the award there was considerable conversation within the Victorian Government with regard to what to do with the learnings of the PoC.

The learnings were reviewed and expanded upon and a tender released in January 2005 for the Victorian Mapping and Address Service to be built with a view to it supporting the whole of the Victorian Government.

Development & Production

Following the awarding of the tender in October 2005 the system build was undertaken in 4 months with the system in production and supporting multiple government applications on 1st March 2006.
Business Requirements November 2005
Functional Requirements December 2005
Development January 2006
Testing February 2006
Production--release 1 1st March 2006


2. Were there any modifications to the original system design? Why? What?

The original intent of the system was to be as open standard compliant as possible. The schema standard chosen was OpenLS. After many months of development and hardwork it was concluded that owning to the verbose nature of the schema and the unique elements of Australian addressing that were not compliant with the OpenLS we were unable to utilise the schema in its entirety and instead opted to hybrid the schema through use of components from the OASIS xNAL address standard.

E. Organisational impact

1. What user community does the system serve and how?

The VMAS is aimed at serving the non-GIS specialist government consumer of spatial information. It does this through connection to existing and familiar business applications and allowing these users access to maps, validation and find tools to bring spatial into everyday use.

2. What are the ultimate decisions/operations/services being affected? If appropriate, provide a few examples including, but not limited: screen input/output forms, paper products, or other descriptive graphics.

Victorian Spatial Smart Tag

A highly configurable web service, the spatial smart tag system revolutionizes access to accurate spatial data. The VSST system can provide timely spatial data to the desktop and website, at a minimal cost, avoiding time consuming data maintenance or complex system integration costs.

A smart tag is a tool developed for use in Microsoft(r) Office products to recognise specific text, once the text is recognised a button or 'smart tag' appears that when clicked on provides a pick list of actions.

The VSST system provides a smart address searching engine that scans the authoritative government address databases (Vicmap Address, G-NAF and Australia Post PAF) to locate verified addresses. Once an address has been located, the system can return additional address information and high quality map images to any application with access to the internet.

The spatial smart tag application can be This achieved through simply typing in an The flexibility of the VSST web service also installed on Microsoft(r) Office XP or Office 2003 desktop to enable the ability verify property and postal addresses, look up postcodes, get Melway map references, view maps and even obtain property information reports.

This achieved through simply typing in an address in Word(r) or Excel(r) and by selecting a spatial smart tag menu option (see right).

The flexibility of the VSST web service also supports integration of address verification and map display into web sites and any other XML received application. Using XML to communicate with the service any address related question 'phrased in XML' can be asked and the web service will return the results. Format and display of the map and address results is then the choice of the end user. The system also provides the ability to have layers customized to suit the business's requirements ie. Administrative boundaries or other business specific information.

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DirectionsPlus proof of concept--Commonwealth Games

Directions Plus is an e-services infrastructure project enabling delivery of web enabled citizen services to major tourism events, security and community safety operations via the use of PDA and thermal belt printer.. The project is a unique collaboration between government and industry; providing visitor services throughout the Commonwealth Games and significant legacy to the Victorian Government in the form of e- infrastructure blocks. Directions Plus demonstrates both the functional and service delivery value of geospatially aware data. Features developed for this project will migrate to the Tourism Victoria Project. The project initially sponsored by the Minister of ICT--Marsha Thompson who sought to demonstrate Victorian ICT innovation. Funded by the MeGIF, led by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) in collaboration with DSE, Geomatic Technologies, Readify and Microsoft; the application was designed, developed and tested within 10 weeks. Volumes of data was prepared by university students and 50 VPS volunteers delivered 7000+ individual games visitor experiences.

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A key objective of the OCIO is to implement improved citizen services through the innovative use of ICT. The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games provided the opportunity to demonstrate international leadership in e-Government service delivery while implementing the Victorian Government Visitor Services best practice Network Strategy. For the Commonwealth Games this approach meant that Games organisers could provide the development team with daily environment changes such as road opening/closings and transport that were delivered to volunteers real time, who in turn provided accurate services to local and international visitors- from a belt worn thermal printer, via sms or mms to the visitors own device- something a pre printed map simply could not deliver. This truly was a world first application, unlike a fixed navigation system, the flexibility of the application meant that changes such as a tram not operating today on a major arterial could be made available to citizens immediately. Government's capacity to confidently and accurately deliver data to a range of industry applications is only the beginning of this transformation in government service delivery. We are now working to extend this functionality for the benefit of emergency workers required to update citizens of the resultant changes when a major incident has occurred to road, rail infrastructure or the environment.

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Traditional e-service delivery has relied on the user accessing services via a browser, typically from a PC client. Directions Plus brought together existing Government infrastructure (a key element in the overall investment in the solution) mobile web services, SMS, MMS and bluetooth to support the Visitor Services best practice Network Strategy at the Commonwealth Games. The Directions Plus application reuses the existing VMAS system from within the Department Sustainability and Environment together with the methods developed jointly with industry to deliver a front end service that is precise at the time of the user experience and a back end data store that when mined and analysed is a very accurate input to future planning. The methods, logic and architectural approach adopted break new ground. The method of data management leveraged from within the DSE ensures that all data that improves e-government service delivery is managed and maintained in a consistent way for reuse by all. The solution design approach was to not be dependant on proprietary data sources therefore the system is not solely reliant on a numbered location address. Data that has been collected from the use of the service will enable Commonwealth Games organisers to undertake precise analysis of 'way finding' to inform physical infrastructure planning for future events. This same analysis will also inform emergency managers on the effectiveness of detour and evacuation plans once they commence using the solution. Since launching the application the Victorian Government has had expressions of interest from India and the UK to understand how the application could be used in their context. Congruent with the philosophy of sharing systems and reuse the OCIO is working through ways to allow use of the system by other Government's and industry participants.

Tourism Victoria--Experience Organiser

The soon to be retired Tourism Victoria website has limited mapping and visualisation capabilities. The new Experience Organiser--Experience Melbourne (experiencemelbourne.com) allows the user to plan, build and save the experience that has been built using the site and email it to a friend. And will even produce a customised map showing the location and eventually the route required to visit each of the locations.

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Real-time mapping of government service delivery

The key strategic element of the VMAS is in its capacity to map in real-time the delivery of government services across the state. This is done though taking a snapshot of the location and service being utilised at the point of transaction. To illustrate this point the image below shows a form for a program called Watersmart Rebate, this is a program that encourages people to purchase and install water saving devices and is the result of a policy from the government to encourage citizens to conserve water.

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The form has a service ID of DSE 47. The person utilising the rebate completes the forms and in so doing types in their address.

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The address and service ID only is transferred to the VMAS platform where the address is parsed and corrected and the platform is able to return personalised information about the regional office location and contact details for that citizen.

Meanwhile the VMAS system has taken a snapshot of that transaction. The date and time, the service type, the address of the citizen and for statistical purposes the Census Collector district number (used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

The result of collecting all this transaction information is a rather uninteresting looking table such as the one below.

However, what this table allows the application owner to do is produce maps of the number of transactions that have occurred in any given census collector district or other boundary type. Such as the map below.

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Access to this type of information and in a quick and easy to use format with basic toolset is invaluable in the development of good policy and good decision-making in government. It offers government a clean and consistent approach to the collection and mapping of service delivery across the state and national jurisdictions.

3. What were the quantitative and qualitative impacts of the system?

Prior to the creation of VMAS each department and indeed sub-group of the departments would keep replicate copies of the state's spatial datasets, in varying formats, of varying age and quality. Quantitatively VMAS offers a way to reduce the number of replicate copies stored around government and qualitatively improves access to the most up to date and authoritative data available.

A single platform delivering to multiple applications ensures a significant reduction in the administration costs associated with maintenance of validation and mapping systems.

4. What effect has the system had on productivity?

With the systems capacity for pre-population of information into forms eg. the creation of certificates such as Section 32 statements (requirement as part of the Land Act for sale of property) there is significant gains to be made in productivity and in the consistency and accuracy of the forms and certificates produced by Government. Reduction in time to complete applications and forms due to pre-population, quick access to maps, improved validation of address information ensuring addresses stored are accurate.

VMAS ensures that business application owners do not need to purchase or build their own database or GIS applications, the efforts required for these can instead be channelled into the improved development of the business application. This ensures a quicker system build as well as significant cost savings through reuse of existing infrastructure and reduction in data replication and storage.

There is also gains to be made through the immediate access to the most up to date and authoritative data. The VMAS system databases are refreshed every fortnight and are therefore the most up to date and authoritative source of Victorian framework spatial data that can be accessed.

5. What, if any, other impacts has the system had?

As agencies have shown interest in connecting to the system we have also been able to identify other sources of data within these agencies not previously available outside those organisations. This has lead to formal custodianship agreements for this data to be made available to the emergency services and other spatial data users.

It also acts as a quality assurance tool through the collection of errors and alias names, we are able to more expediently check and correct errors in the data, rather than relying upon local government and the Land Registry for the data required to build the whole of state framework datasets.

6. How did the system change the way business is conducted with and/or service delivered to clients? Give specific examples comparing the old way with the new.

F. System Resources

1. What are the system's primary hardware components? Give a brief list or description of the hardware configuration supporting the system.

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2. What are the system's primary software components? Describe the primary software and, if a commercial package, any customisations required for the system.

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System Component Brief

The VMAS system contains a number of loosely coupled service components.

The specific component numbering reference the diagram on the previous page.

3. What data does the system work with? List and briefly describe the database(s).

Government Datasets

** VicMap Data

* Address

* Property

* Transport (incl. roads and public transport)

* Elevation

* Admin

* Features

* Image (incl satellite and aerial photography)

* Hydro

** PSMA--G-NAF

** Geocoded Government Service Directories

** Auspost--Postal File

System Data

** Function Configuration Data

** Geocoded Transaction Log

Third Party Data

** Melway

Data can also be accessed via the VMAS system from both WMS and WFS enabled databases.

A set of relational database schemas deployed in Oracle 10g R2 and support the storage and querying of the spatial datasets. Note that the system does not require the modification of the spatial data schema and can be stored in model in supplied format.

4. What staff resources were required to implement the system (i.e. report approximate staff and consultant time as FTE's)

Consultant Time

a. Technical Deployment: 4 x 6mths FT

b. Project Management: 1 x 6mths FT

Government Time

a. Project Management 1x6mths FT

Note: individual business developer time for each of the business applications connected to the VMAS has not been included here. These vary between each application.
Date, Time Address ID CDid

200507121432 9 Bell Street Coburg 7 2010342
200507121436 17 Hill Road Toorak 13 2010342
200507121438 3 Smith Avenue Kew 7 2010342
... ... ... ...
2000507121632 8 Kew Avenue, Brighton 23 2010342
2000507121705 /12 Bond Street, Brunswick 7 2010342
2000507121724 345 Whitehorse Road, Doncaster 112 2010342
2000507121812 17 Bailey Road, Ballarat 7 2010342

 Previous Current

Tourism Victoria Value-range geo-coded Dynamic static maps
 data, reliant on non-govt integral part of
 provider for provision of Experience Organiser
 maps website, point
 geocoded dataset,
 much more accurate

Landata/Land Reliant on unreliable VMAS 24/7, fully
registry internal systems redundant system with
 disaster recovery in
 place

Department Staff Reliant on ad hoc With the roll-out of the
 information systems and Smart Tag functionality
 GIS- specialists for onto all desktops
 simple and basic maps general staff now have
 access to address
 validation, ability to
 find location related
 information and access
 to aerial photography,
 melway images and
 basic customised
 Vicmaps.

Desktop viewable components (Client Tier)

MS Office Spatial This component is a client application that works
Smart Tag (SST) within the Microsoft Office 2003 environment. The
Recogniser SST recogniser can be used within MS Word, MS
2 Outlook and MS Excel. Built upon the Microsoft
 Smart Tag technology, this tool is a customised
 smart tag designed to connect to the VMAS Function
 Web service. All functions defined in the VMAS
 Function service can be accessed by this
 Interface.

 Note that if required this application can be
 customised to support client side secure message
 transfer or encryption mechanisms if required.

VMAS This interface component allows VMAS
Administration administrators and data custodians to manage
Interface. users and functions defined in the system. All
 configuration and reporting data is displayed
 via the VMAS Administration Web Service.

(Web Application This ASP .Net application will be fully functional
viewed via in both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator
browser) 4+ and optimised for 800x600 screen resolution
4

VMAS Batch This interface component allows VMAS users to
Interface login, load, run and extract address datasets that
5 require geocoding. Written in ASP. Net there are
 two options for the interface 1) Basic and
 2) Advanced.

 1) The Basic option allows user to load, view,
 run and extract datasets.

 2) The Advanced option has an interactive map
 interface that supports the manual geocoding of
 the address records.

 This ASP .Net application will be fully functional
 in both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator
 4+ and optimised for 800x600 screen resolution

Server Applications and Database components (Server and Database Tiers)

VMAS Function This web service is the primary component of
Management the system. It is this web service that all
Web Service client applications use to access the system
6 functions and is designed for ease of use by
 client applications.

 Based on the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
 OpenLS schema this component coordinates all
 authorisation, user administration, function
 configuration, input and output collation and
 logging.

 This web service has the ability to connect to
 various functional engines. The connection
 modules provided as CORE include:

 * Address Parsing, Verification and
 Geocoding

 * Get maps via Web Mapping Service (WMS)
 (via URL's to WMS)

 * Find data via the a-spatial Finder

 This web service can be enabled to support
 server-side SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
 although this security is not deployed by
 default.

 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

VMAS This web service supports the user and
Administration function administration of the system. This
Web Service service also supports the logging and
7 extraction of transaction use information from
 the Secure use logs.

 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

a-spatial Finder Microsoft .NET application that completes
Engine a-spatial (text based) point location
8 verification. This system is configured to
 support the return of spatial information
 based on input of latitude and longitude.

 Examples of data that may be returned by this
 engine include:

 * Administrative Boundaries (eg LGA)

 * Street Directory References
 (eg Melway Page and Grid references)

 This engine is available with 1) Basic,
 2) a-spatial and 3) Advanced functions.

 1) Basic functions include:

 * Customisable lookup (or directory look-up)
 functionality for polygon features only

 * Point in polygon queries

 2) A-spatial functions include
 (Basic functions plus):

 * Customisable lookup (or directory look-up)
 functionality for any database VIEW

 * Basic text matching queries

 3) Advanced functions include
 (A-spatial functions plus):

 * Customisable lookup (or directory look-up)
 functionality for advanced queries

 * Radial find nearest queries

 * Bounded box spatial find queries

 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

AMAS Address AMAS approved AusPost Portal Address
Verification Verification application, using Salmat's
Engine Mailpoint Postal Address Matching Engine
9 which accesses the Australia Post PAF file to
 provide AMAS approved postal address
 verification.

G-NAF Address Microsoft .NET application that completes
Verification G-NAF Address Verification. (G-NAF data stored
Engine in Oracle 10g Spatial Locator schema.) Use of
10 this engine within the solution is controlled
 by VMAS Function Service. A variety of geocode
 levels may be requested and configured.

 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

GT Address Microsoft .NET web service that completes
Parser Engine advanced parsing of address string
11 information. This parser is designed to parse
 into AS4590 compliant address fields.

 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

VMAS Batch Microsoft .Net Web Application that supports
Geocoding both large and small (100 to 5,000,000)
Engine address verification batching. This
12 application is responsible for coordinating
 and queuing batch verification jobs. Access to
 this application will be via HTTPS
 (SSL on HTTP).

 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

VICMAP Property Microsoft .NET application that completes
Address VICMAP Property Address Verification.
Verification (VICMAP Property data stored in Oracle 10g
Engine Spatial Locator schema.)

13 Microsoft .NET Web Service. Web Service
 Definition Language (WSDL), XML/SOAP
 compliant.

Oracle Oracle MapViewer is an additional module
MapViewer available with Oracle Application Server.
14 MapViewer is a proven map server solution
 that has the capability to efficiently
 generate static (raster) map snaps
 efficiently from Oracle spatial data.

 See http://www.oracle.com for more details.

VMAS Dataset A set of relational database schemas deployed
Storage in Oracle 10g R2 and support the storage and
 querying of the spatial datasets. Note that
Oracle 10g R1.0 the system does not require the modification
 of the spatial data schema and can be stored
 in model in supplied format.

 See http://www.oracle.com and database
 capability sections below regarding Oracle
 systems capabilities.

Additional components

Client applications The VMAS system is designed to support
3 government application connectivity to the
 primary VMAS web service. Any application
 able to connect via SOAP/XML may connect.

VMAS Mobile The VMAS web service schema will support
Connect connectivity from mobile enabled applications
1 (with similar functionality to the SST
 Recogniser Application). These applications
 may use GPRS or Wireless to connect to VMAS
 and allow mobile devices such as PDA and
 SmartPhones (operating on Windows) to access
 the functions and maps provided through VMAS.

Other OGC WMS A variety of products are now available that
Compliant Web publish maps compliant with the OGC WMS
Mapping Services Standard. These products may offer suitable
14 services that can be connected to via the
 VMAS VMAS Function service.

VMAS Route This module is an add-in to the VMAS Function
Finder Web Service. The VMAS web service schema has
15 been designed to support route finding
 requests. Two levels of functionality may
 exist in the future add-in; 1) Basic and
 2) Advanced.

 1) Basic level functionality allows public
 transport routes to calculated. The input
 request is via the standard VMAS Web Service
 Schema. The function returns possible from a
 VMAS basic routing function will include:

 --A map snap displaying the devised route

 --Distance of route

 2) Advanced level functionality allows public
 transport route directions to be calculated.
 The input request is via the standard VMAS
 Function Web Service Schema. The function
 returns possible from a VMAS advanced routing
 function will include:

 --A map snap displaying the devised route

 --Distance of route

 --Formates route description
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