This week, the Geographical Information System (GIS) consultancy Nexus Geographic presented the first version of Tripoli’s City Guide web app to the IT Tripoli’s City Council department and MedCities technical staff. After the revision of the IT team, this online City Guide will include information on points of interest, tourism routes and activity Agenda for citizen’s use. In addition, the web app also consists of a version for internal use to provide the City Council with geolocated tools to manage the city.

This web application is the result of a process that started in 2019. Tripoli (Lebanon) requested support to assess their current GIS and the existing options to upgrade to a cloud its GIS system, which does not need infrastructure on the part of the Council. Software as a service (SAAS) appeared as the best option, linked to apps for its continued use and update. The assessment process concluded with a diagnosis and step-by-step planning to fully develop a cloud GIS system for Tripoli. In the beginning, the first implementation phase should continue in 2020. However, the pandemic situation forced us to rethink this process, which was relaunched in the last term of 2021.

This technical assistance will conclude with a final version of the app and training on the use of the platform and the maintenance of the dataset specifically for Tripoli’s IT Team.

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