FREDERICTON (GNB) – GeoNB, the geographic information system (GIS) of Service New Brunswick, has been honoured once again for its innovative mapping and geographic information platform.

GeoNB was selected as the only initiative by a Canadian public sector organization to receive the Special Achievement in GIS Award by Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (Esri) for 2013. This is the second award for GeoNB, which received the institute’s Award of Excellence in November 2012.

"I am proud of the GeoNB team for once again winning recognition for the excellent work it has done to make the system one of the leading geomatics platforms in the world," said Government Services Minister Sue Stultz, who is also minister responsible for Service New Brunswick. "GeoNB is a true collaborative effort that is redefining how geographic information is accessed, displayed and used in our province."

GeoNB provides a single point of access to maps and geographic information about the province.  The collaborative approach across the provincial government, academia and municipalities has positioned GeoNB to become the gateway to all things geographic in New Brunswick.

Esri receives nominations for the award from thousands of organizations worldwide. The award is presented to organizations that make use of GIS technology to improve the world and further enhance the knowledge and work of the GIS community.

Stultz added that GeoNB won the award because of its "build once and share" philosophy, which reduces cost to the provincial government and end-users by reducing duplication in developing, maintaining, finding and sharing geographic data sets.

An enhanced GeoNB website, launched in January, offers users a single access point for high-quality geographic information about every region of the province. A new GeoNB map viewer was launched in February.