Regardless of the level of the effort, a region should develop a communications plan for sharing asset mapping findings. Regional leaders should consider how the data will be captured, documented, and disseminated in the planning phases of the asset mapping exercise.
The most effective means of capturing all of the necessary information is in a dynamic database format. Databases will allow continual updating of information and maintain historical data for comparison. Most database software programs also provide sorting options and statistical tools that can be helpful for more detailed levels of asset mapping analysis.
The mapping data should be useful to those who will be working on a daily basis to achieve the regional objectives and adaptable for other uses that may arise. In terms of visual display, the emphasis should be on creating an information source that can be easily understood by multiple audiences. Displaying the assets on a geographic map of the region is often the best way of emphasizing the concentration of resources within an area. View an example asset map.
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