Gov’t makes its own map service with lots of dataA state-run geography institute launched a web mapping service on Tuesday that incorporates a vast amount of government data.
The map is particularly targeted towards elders and those with disability who have had trouble reading existing digital maps provided by other IT companies.
The National Geographic Information Institute is operating the mapping service called Baro e-Map (http://emap.ngii.go.kr).
What differentiates it from maps by private search engines Google and Naver is that it identifies a wider range of places, including emergency hospitals, shoe repair shops and electric car battery stations.
The map will also pinpoint where wheelchair lifts are installed for the disabled.
The service also offers different versions of maps for older people or people unable to see some colors.
For the elderly, it will offer maps with double the font size.
The e-map is available in different languages so that foreigners can use it.
Presently, English is the only foreign language offered, but the range will be expanded to include Chinese and Japanese, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, which oversees the institute.
The ministry said that the map will be updated once a month to reflect changes in property use.
It will use information about public and private land from 54 government bodies.
The ministry said the launch of the service is also in line with the government’s Government 3.0 initiative, which is aimed at building a large pool of information and data open to the public.
The ministry said that it will improve the service through cooperation with different government agencies.
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