In 2012, SWCC commissioned Gaia Resources Inc. to develop a web based GIS-based database. GRID (Geographic and Reporting Information Database) was the result.
It was developed as an online GIS platform that should be easy to use and intuitive, accessible online and run in a standard web browser, provide GIS capabilities for simple recording of on ground and capacity building work, map making and reporting and be an open source for other NRM groups to access at minimal cost.
Being able to efficiently record and access NRM information is a prerequisite for effective adaptive management and SWCC has long aspired to develop a user-friendly system for its staff as well as for other NRM practitioners and stakeholders in the region. GRID has multiple benefits including providing up-to-date knowledge of previous work before meeting with landholders, the direct uploading of data from GPS units and the uploading of data such as photos and documents. The data can be reviewed in a variety of ways including a mapping feature that produces publication quality interactive maps.
GRID is now used by several other NRM regions in WA and is becoming a commercial product supported by Gaia Resources Inc. This online mapping tool has also been made available to SWCC regional partners: Cape to Cape, Leschenault Catchment Council, Blackwood Basin Group, Wagin-Woodaniling LandCare, Katanning Landcare, GeoCatch, Dumbleyung Landcare, Lower Blackwood LCDC, Shire of Kent Landcare officer, Shire of West Arthur Land Care officer and Warren Catchment Council. Those groups are now able to report their project mapping information on GRID for SWCC internal projects but also for their own.
SWCC staff have carried out their second round of annual data entry to GRID to record and map out community engagement activities, project sites, and associated on ground as well as monitoring activities. GRID is still being progressively improved and further tools added.