Calgary Regional Partnership

The Miistakis Institute was engaged in 2007 by the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) - a group of 15 municipal governments and one first nation - to manage the development and implementation of a Regional GIS (RGIS) Initiative for the Partnership.

Miistakis has been working to identify and provide the CRP with the necessary tools and technical capacity to share spatial data among its members, allowing staff in member organizations to fulfill the Partnership’s mandate of “thinking regionally, acting locally”. Future RGIS goals include extending the scope and utility of spatial analysis and mapping tools to address the breadth of the CRP mandate.

In December 2008, the Partnership launched its Regional Spatial Data Framework, a distributed data model created by Miistakis that allows the CRP to catalogue, query, and exchange data efficiently, while maintaining local data ownership and control. This Framework will be a valuable asset to other CRP initiatives that rely on the assembly of spatial data at a regional scale, including regional transportation planning and the Calgary Metropolitan Plan.

Other accomplishments have included the development of a regional metadata standard and a web-based metadata editing/creation tool, increased technical capacity for several CRP members, and a high level of interjurisdictional cooperation and collaboration towards the establishment of GIS best practices within the region. Future Miistakis involvement in this project will involve the establishment of regional data quality and content standards, improved integration of RGIS with other CRP initiatives, and the phasing out of our management role as the project becomes more member-owned and self-sustaining.

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