Government departments are being trained in mapping software to give them access to real-time data for the entire Cook Islands.
A new high-tech software platform being rolled out across government departments will allow workers in the field access real-time mapping information on their smart devices, phones or tablets for the entire Cook Islands, on land or sea.
The program, ArcGIS Pro, was originally donated to the government by the system designers, the Environmental Systems Research Institute, for use in managing spatial data for the Cook Islands Marae Moana marine park.
“This was accepted by prime minister Henry Puna about four years ago at an international environmental conference,” says Timoti Tangiruaine of Emergency Management Cook Islands.
“This week we’re training stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Marine Resources, Seabed Minerals Authority, Cook Islands Investment Corporation, National Statistics, Public Health, Te Mato Vai, Pa Enua Division/OPM, and EMCI.
“It’s a chance for them to work with the software, not only for their own internal mapping projects, but also to contribute to Marae Moana.”
Software trainer Zorko Sostaric of New Zealand’s Eagle Technology says by the completion of the two-week workshop training participants will be able to cover broad areas of operating in a desktop environment preparing maps and data.
“They will also be skilled to create maps to allow them data collection in the field on smart devices, phones and tablets and to effectively design databases and provide end-to-end insight in the system.”
Tangiruaine says this will also allow government departments to more effectively share mapping information across one reliable platform. - CT