In 2006, the Information and Land Services Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Water undertook a strategic review of the Land Information System Tasmania (LIST). A key direction emanating from that review was the need to establish a Tasmanian Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) with the LIST redeveloped as its portal. This direction was viewed as the first step towards better management of spatial information both within government and for the whole of Tasmania.
In late 2007, State Cabinet approved the formal disbanding of the LICC and the establishment of two new governing bodies - the Tasmanian Spatial Information Council (TASSIC) and the Tasmanian Government Spatial Committee (TGSC).
TASSIC was established in 2008 to provide a key forum to facilitate increased collaboration and cooperation between public, private and community sectors in all aspects of spatial information in Tasmania. The role of the Council is to maximise opportunities for government, industry and the community through the efficient and effective development, maintenance and use of the Tasmanian Spatial Data Infrastructure (TSDI).
The role of the TGSC is to present a whole of government perspective on spatial information policy, issues and recommendations to both the Inter Agency Steering Committee and TASSIC. TGSC membership is limited to State Government Agencies and GBEs.
In July 2008, the LIST celebrated its 10 year anniversary of going 'live'. In that time, the LIST has grown to offer new services and information, incorporating new technologies along the way. In the month of September 2008, there were over 1.2 million successful requests for pages on the LIST website, transferring a total of 82GB of data. LIST currently has around 800 external paying subscribers as well as an additional 1000 non-paying subscribers internal to Government.
A survey of LIST clients was conducted in 2006 to assess client satisfaction with functionality, content and accessibility as well as to assist in determining client expectations for future development. The valuable feedback gained from the survey was classified and compiled into a prioritised schedule for short and long term action. Since then, a significant number of specific short term issues have been resolved.
Recent LISTmap improvements include the introduction of a distance measuring tool, the ability to turn Property ID hatching off and on, the ability to print larger maps and to save or email map links. An online billing system to streamline administrative management for LIST subscribers has been completed and a cadastral survey information service is nearing completion.
Many requests for additional or improved data and functionality are complex and unable to be addressed without a full redevelopment of the LIST. However, requests have been recorded and will form the basis of specifications for redevelopment.
While it is recognised that some high demand concerns cannot be met at this time, education, support and training to overcome user problems with existing LIST functionality and site navigation is available through LIST helpdesk support service.
For further information on any of these new items or any question about the LIST please contact the LIST helpdesk.