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South Dublin County Council then went even further in its mission to add value for citizens. Taking advantage of the flexibility of the ArcGIS Online templates and the ability to use the Collector for ArcGIS app to collect data via any device, it began to gather and publish a whole new layer of information. It could tell citizens precisely what kinds of sports pitches exist in parks, the clubs using them, if there are changing facilities nearby, and details the many activities citizens can avail of at their local community centre. Consequently, for the first time, citizens in South Dublin County can see not just where facilities like leisure complexes are, but what activities they can do there.

The new Community Facilities web app will be formally launched later in the Autumn, but has already received high praise from a wide cross-section of people since its introduction as a beta project in April. Now, it is very easy for anyone to find information about their local community such as the locations of Luas stops, parking spaces and where local recycling facilities are available. The citizen can also discover information about facilities that they may not previously have been aware of and those that they might like to take advantage of (such as art exhibitions, libraries and hiking trails). Consequently, it is believed that the Community Facilities web app will play a key role in helping more citizens access facilities available to them and take advantage of opportunities to improve their health and enhance their sense of well-being. “By working with citizens and engaging them very early in the process, the Council have been able to produce an application which delivers information requested and adds value to current Council data,” says Stephen McLoughlin, GIS Officer at South Dublin County Council. “This project was about listening to citizens and giving them the information which they actually wanted. Now, in one simple GIS-based application, citizens can see what is available in their neighbourhoods to improve their quality of life.”

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