Those interested in Western Australia’s maritime heritage can now use Locate as an online source of information about the location of shipwrecks off the state’s coast, following a recent upgrade to the state’s public online mapping platform.
Locate, part of Western Australia’s Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP) which is powered by Landgate, is an online site which provides access to a wide range of government location information. This data includes property addresses, aerial photography, satellite imagery and historical maps from many WA agencies.
Landgate Chief Executive Mike Bradford said the additional data from the Western Australian Museum is an example of how WA’s new Open Data Policy is used to make it easier for all Western Australians to explore their state and its history.
The new data includes information from the WA Museum about shipwrecks and maritime archaeological sites.
“By visiting Locate, people can explore these sites from home,” Mr Bradford said.
“Clicking on these sites reveals an information box that contains details about each area’s location as well as interesting historical facts.”
WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said the Museum was delighted that people will be able to access this information through Locate.
“The WA Museum is dedicated to providing information to the widest possible range of users and increasingly this information is becoming available on third-party platforms, as well as our own. This can only be good for users,” Mr Coles said.
To learn more about shipwrecks and maritime archaeological sites as well as other government location data visit Locate.