What is WebGIS?
WebGIS, a combination of World Wide Web (WWW) and geographical information systems (GIS), is a paradigm for how people everywhere access and use geographic information. Its functionality is made available through a regular web browser and an integrated viewer with a user-friendly GIS interface. It is therefore intended for a broad audience, including public users who may know nothing about GIS as defined by its simple, intuitive and convenient design which makes it typically very easy to use.
In-built tools in the WebGIS such as the ‘Zoom-in/out’, ‘Pan’, ‘Identify’ and ‘Measure’ tools allow users to interact with the map interface. Additionally, customised tools are provided which enable users to do the following:
- Search for Land Parcels and Beacons in the custom-built search engine
- Save map images to PDF or GeoTIFF
- Find best path (shortest path to a location)
- View parcels with approved planning applications
- Add coordinates (Display a location or find a location through coordinates)