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Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

CBS Aruba

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Project Goal

With the establishment of a National GIS (NGIS) based on a GIS server network between departments, CBS (as initiator of the project) defined several goals.
One main goal of NGIS is to achieve a procedural organization that enables producers of GIS layer information to participate in a long-term cooperation in order to achieve an integrated database for the delivery of higher-quality information. Another goal is to create a number of deliverables based on thematic cooperative engagements between participants within the National GIS Platform (NGIP), such as but not limited to:
• Definition of a National Address Reference System and a National Spatial Reference System to enable aggregation and exchange of information in a uniform way;
• Consensus on Geographic Projection and Datum in Aruba;
• Establishment of an up-to-date Base Map of Aruba;
• Thematic information supply for development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and its Indicators.
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Business Problem Solved

Modern GIS technology is unique as it unifies a multidisciplinary approach to answer elaborate questions based on the common denominator: The spatial location of information. In Aruba, several departments already make daily use of the GIS technology. With the establishment of a NGIS, parties are brought together and the cooperation gained a more formal level of information exchange.
NGIS serves many functions, such as:
• Sustainability of information support in economic, social, and environmental developments.
• Higher efficiency and effectiveness by the sharing of data; information databases only need to be built once.
• The ArcGIS Server Network provides tools to share information in a standardized environment.
• Authorization of the level of information exchange is essential to maintain ownership of own data.
• The integration of information brings additional levels of knowledge within reach.
• Support of good governance.

Technology Implemented

Modern GIS technology enables cooperation between participants via web-based services that are defined locally. Each of the ArcGIS servers within the NGIP communicates within an ArcGIS Server Network, stores part of the total information that is shared, acts as the local access point, and serves as a Web server to give access to an unlimited number of Web browsers/ArcGIS users. Each of the participants within the NGIP is responsible for their own ArcGIS application software and server system. The chosen architecture creates an information environment that provides access, restricted by level of authentication, to all the shared source datasets from the participating organizations within the NGIP.
The NGIS is envisioned as a precursor of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure to become institutionalized as the organization grows.

Development Team Biography

The NGIS is organized by a board, National GIS Committee, formed by Dr. Ruud Derix (Chair/NGIS Coordinator) and the directors of the departments:
- Mr. Marlon Faarup, Central Bureau of Statistics Aruba (CBS)
- Ir. Leo de Cuba, Dept. Land Surveying and Registration (DLV)
- Ing. Isabel Dammers, Dept. Infrastructure and Planning (DIP)
- Mr. Luenne Gomez-Pieters, Tax Department (DIMP)
- Ing. Marlon Croes, Dept. Public Works (DOW)
The project was a success thanks to the valuable support by GIS personnel of named departments: Randy van der Biezen (CBS), Ronald Laclé and Freyner Mejia (DOW), Ing. Albertico de Palm (DLV), Ing. Louis Boekhoudt (DLV), Anthony Koolman (DIMP), Patrick Christiaans (DIMP) and BSc. Luciano Boekhoudt (DIP).
Vital to the implementation of the NGIS is the support by the Minister of Finance and Government organization, Mr. A.R. Bermudez and the former and current Minister of Economic Affairs and Communication, respectively, Ing. M.E. de Meza and mr. R.A. Arends

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