Justice and TPK explore GIS options

Departments agree to jointly investigate enterprise GIS capability

Oracle, Microsoft and open source look likely to fight it out for a GIS project to serve users in both the Justice Department and Te Puni Kokiri.

Both departments had begun looking at requirements for a GIS but a review of their business requirements “revealed a high degree of commonality,” says a joint proposal document.

“As a result both The Ministry of Justice and Te Puni Kokiri have agreed to jointly work together in looking at the establishment of an enterprise GIS capability that can support the business needs of both The Ministry of Justice and Te Puni Kokiri and their key stakeholders,” the document says.

Characterisation of geographical and other aspects of Maori land holdings will be a significant early application of the system.

Ministry of Justice workstations run Windows XP with IE6 browsers, but the back-end system, managed by Gen-i, has a large open-source component. It includes Xen-virtualised SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, Oracle RAC (Real Application Clusters) running the databases, Oracle Application Server, Tomcat 5 Application Server and Apache HTTP Server.

TPK runs a Microsoft environment including Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2000/2005, IIS 6.0, Exchange Server 2003. The desktop environment is Windows XP, Office XP /2007 and IE7.

The two agencies are prepared to consider in-house development with an implementation partner or a completely outsourced solution.

“The enterprise GIS system will need to acquire certain data sets from an Oracle 9i database (currently the basis for the Maori Land Court’s Maori Land Information System,” says the joint document. It will also need to interface with Land Information NZ’s Landonline database.

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