NSW government uses Google Earth to bolster new digital land catalogue

'NSW Globe' combines spatial data with detailed satellite and aerial imagery to display display property, local government and electoral boundaries

The public will now have access land surveys, titles, valuations and aerial photography after the government unveiled NSW Globe – a new way to view government data.

NSW Globe uses Google Earth technology to present complex and detailed spatial information in a more accessible and user-friendly way.

It combines spatial data with detailed satellite and aerial imagery and is able to display display property, local government and electoral boundaries, as well as road and rail networks.

Spatial technologies include GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

State finance minister Andrew Constance said the new technology could have significant benefits right across the real estate and town planning sectors, making it easier for home buyers and agents to view up-to-date and accurate information. “The tool allows users to find out more about their property or local area, and provides access to historical information including aerial photographs of Sydney from the 1940s, as well as flood maps from places like Bourke, Moree and Wagga,” he said. “One of the best parts of the NSW Globe project is that its uses will continue to grow as we continue to digitally catalogue more spatial information.”

NSW Globe is one of the several spatial delivery platforms that NSW Land and Property Information (LPI) has developed as part of its online spatial strategy. The different platforms provide the latest spatial data, drawn from complex LPI data sets. Another LPI initiative using GIS Online will soon enable access to full GIS capabilities without the need to be a GIS professional. That will allow complex business problems to be visualised via spatial information.

Constance said spatial databases continued to be successfully applied by government agencies, in particular for disaster response situations. “NSW has combined spatial data about land surveys, titles, valuations and aerial photography to facilitate the creation of tools for managing land use,” Mr Constance said. “Emergency authorities can use agency data and combine it with their own data and systems to map local infrastructure such as electrical networks, water, transport, schools and hospitals to more comprehensively manage emergency responses. “These delivery platforms provide vital real time information to emergency services, government and the community, helping them make better informed decisions. “By using a platform that is familiar and easy to use, NSW Globe will allow the public to view information about their property anywhere, at any time.”

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