Mapping out a new community in Social Housing
A group of housing professionals with an interest in all things GIS have come together to form a community to offer support and share ideas and best practice.
GIS or Geographic Information Systems is a system designed to capture, manipulate, analyse and interpret data to understand geographic relationships, patterns, and trends.
Called GI4housing, the group aims to bring together the individuals in housing who are doing excellent things with GIS. The group holds bi-annual meetings to share examples of GIS in use, useful links and best practice and also provide a central repository of information.
The group is aimed at people who currently work in GIS in housing but also to providers who want to establish an in house GIS solution and would like to learn more.
The latest meeting was held at our Birmingham office and featured speakers from Ordnance Survey, Land Registry and Ambiental Technical Solutions talking about the types of data they can provide.
Representatives from Aster Group, Bracknell Forest Homes and Midland Heart also spoke at the event presenting case studies of how GIS is being used within Housing Associations.
Emma Holgate, Research and Data Insight Analyst at Midland Heart said: “We are using GIS within the organisation operationally as a tool to view and map our properties and we also perform some really interesting spatial analysis using the software. As someone who is fairly new to GIS and housing, it’s great to be a part of a group which gives me the opportunity to learn a lot from my colleagues in the sector.”
Alex Dane, GIS manager at Plus Dane group said: “We are seeing more and more housing associations becoming aware of the benefits of GIS. They are turning to Gi4Housing as an impartial source of knowledge and advice. Even organisations that have had GIS for several years are joining the group to network with their peers, and learn about the many new ways GI is being successfully used within the sector.”
The next meeting will take place in April 2017. Anyone who would like to get involved with the group can find out more on the GI4Housing LinkedIn page.