We would agree that it would be unnecessary to create different GIS
layers for each year's consultations. Not least because some must run
over more than one year. If the data is kept within a single layer which
includes the year in the attribute data, it would allow the
consultations to be thematically mapped and to be displayed (or hidden)
in the GIS as required.
> At the beginning of this year, we started recording all consultations
> (whether planning, agri-environment, commercial or other) on a single
> separate "consultations" layer on our GIS. We have already found it
> very useful as a quick cross-reference to consultations.
> At the moment, then, it carries only year 2000 data. We will soon
> have to decide whether to have a separate layer for 2001 consultations
> or continue to record these on the same layer. I imagine there are
> pros and cons for each option. For example, it may be useful to be
> able to compare and select annual data on separate layers. On the
> other hand, there is convenience in a single layer - not having to
> remember to load multiple layers to check previous comments.
> Has anyone any comments on these, and preferences or recommendations
> (with reasons!)? ADS folk to the fore...?
> Jim McNeil,
> South Yorkshire Archaeology Service
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