The State Land Service Honored for Special Achievement in GIS

The State Land Service Honored for Special Achievement in GIS
San Diego, California, June 30, 2016. Esri, a world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, presented the State Land Service with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award June 29th at their annual User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, the State Land Service received the award for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through GIS in the field of cadastral data accumulation and dissemination to institutions responsible for land management and supervision.

“The SAG Awards serve a great purpose,” said Esri founder and President Jack Dangermond. “A Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes best practices for organizations implementing technology to change the world. Highlighting good work benefits the entire GIS community and that’s very valuable.”

The State Land Service maintains several information systems and databases of national importance where the National Real Estate Cadastre Information System and the State Address Register are the main data sources comprising information on cadastral objects across the country. The Esri Award acknowledges success of the mobile application allowing access to the textual and spatial data accumulated in the information systems and databases maintained by the State Land Service. Unique feature of the application is the opportunity to identify user’s geographical location (in the territory of Latvia) and select cadastral data for the specific property at the location. Users can navigate from textual to spatial data and vice versa. Users can search objects in Cadastre, Address Register, as well manage and search all their orders. 

“It is a great honour for the State Land Service to receive the SAG Award featuring international recognition of  our effort to make cadastral data accessible through mobile devices,” said Elita Baklāne-Ansberga, Director-General of the State Land Service. “Geographic information system (GIS) technology provided by ESRI has been an important prerequisite to create a user friendly solution for data distrubution.” 

The State Land Service was one of 167 organizations to receive a SAG Award. Esri staff nominate thousands of candidates annually from around the world for consideration and company President Dangermond selects the finalists. 

“SAG winners are diverse in their geographical representation by design,” Dangermond said. “We purposely focus on the different regions of the world because we’re looking for best practices of GIS in different cultures and different geographies.”

About the State Land Service

The State Land Service is a governmental institution of the Republic of Latvia which is in charge of real property object data accumulation and dissemination to institutions responsible for land management and supervision. The data is stored in the National Real Estate Cadastre Information System, which is linked  with the textual and graphical information accumulated in the State Address Register, also maintained by the organization. The State Land Service also holds  the Real Property Market Database, which is crucial to perform mass valuation of real property. The organisation maintains the central database of high resolution topographic information scale 1:500 and Restricted Territories Information System. Besides the organization conducts cadastral surveys of buildings.

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