Provincial initiative recognized for excellence

IT World

A provincial government initiative dedicated to the sharing of geographical data was recognized with the “Best of Show” award at the recent ITX Awards hosted by IT World Canada, the publishers of CIO Governments’ Review.

Land Information Ontario (LIO) is responsible for coordinating the collection of the province’s land data and sharing it among the various levels of government and other stakeholders. Its infrastructure is comprised of a Web accessible physical data warehouse and a Metadata collection query tool to support exchanges.

“I think this is great,” Brian Maloney of the Ministry of Natural Resources said after receiving the top honour along with an award in the collaboration category during a ceremony held in Toronto. “I think we underestimated how much effort it would take but we’re finally starting to reach the point where we’re making a difference to the taxpayer of Ontario.”

In addition to receiving accolades for LIO, the Ontario government’s Justice Cluster also received award recognition in the business leadership category for the Justice Technology Services’ Major Case Management initiative.

Developed in part as a response to recommendations following a review of the Paul Bernardo investigation and trial, the Major Case Management system assists investigators in collecting, managing, retrieving and analyzing large volumes of investigative data in major cases.

Launched by IT World Canada in 1997, the ITX Awards recognize IT initiatives that demonstrate best practices and enable the enterprise to move in new directions, changing its scope, nature and economics. The ITX Awards form part of a broader leadership program produced in collaboration with IBM.

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