Fairfax County, Va., land use application

Fairfax County land-use solution puts big data on the map

As metropolitan Washington D.C.’s largest county with more than 1 million residents, Fairfax County, Va.,  has a growing demand for access to land use data such as building permits and property inspections. Also proposals for commercial and residential development must be readily available for review, comment and approval. In order to provide various county agencies with a single point of reference and streamline government services, the plethora of unstructured data on several mainframe legacy systems, databases and office automation documents needed to be centralized in a single application.

Fairfax County opted to build an application on MarkLogic software that would enable agencies to efficiently manage the complex volume of data that currently exists and allow for real-time search. The application was built in less than three months, and within six months it went live online. The system, which stores all data in one centralized place, fits within the current infrastructure and does not require an extensive number of servers, yet it has the capacity to run other applications.

As a result, Fairfax County has transformed an outdated, inefficient structure of multiple disparate systems into a single repository of land-use data that is quickly searchable by the county personnel who in the past had to search through multiple databases to find pertinent information. Now staff can direct constituents to a single site for information, making it easier to answer inquiries and freeing up time to focus on other, more critical issues and queries.

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