The Heritage Infrastructure Mapping System is the first fully integrated featureset designed with a partner organization for use with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Community Infrastructure Mapping System (CIMS). CIMS was developed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency (NLSA) to help display different kinds of infrastructure throughout the province within a comprehensive system which can connect with the datasets of Community Accounts.
The inventory will help researchers, teachers, and visitors discover the vast range of displays and collections that exist in museums, archives and heritage sites across the province. The information was gathered through a survey of members of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives. The survey asked respondenncts to state the top four areas in their displays and collections and how they fit in to a thematic framework for the province. In the inventory, displays and collections are listed in order of most prominent to less prominent.
Currently, CIMS contains four layers of Heritage Infrastructure:
As well, CIMS includes two unique features specially designed as part of the Heritage Partnership:
This feature allows a user to select a departure community, select which types of heritage infrastructure they would like to visit, and a travelling time (up to 60 minutes) they want to search within. Results are displayed in a dialog (including the travel time for each piece of infrastructure). Each unique item can then be selected, and a set of driving directions will be displayed to the left, with the route highlighted on the map.
This feature allows a user to select a selected topic and see which pieces of infrastructure would be linked to those topics. Results are again displayed in a dialog, and each unique item can be selected.
NLSA believes that these features provide an excellent example of the kind of features that can be developed in partnership with the organizations who help provide the infrastructure information to make CIMS more relevant and useful for their needs. Each of these features will undergo continued development and refinement and can help inform future CIMS developments.