Working in Land Registry’s IT department covers a wide variety of work – a lot of which often goes unseen. Steve Phillips, Director of Information Technology writes about two recent projects to improve and refresh our IT estate.
Inside Government produced a remarkable line-up of senior professionals at The future of open data in the public sector event. Thirteen speakers from the public sector, data community, a think tank and charity shared details of their organisations’ relationship with data with more than 70 delegates.
Our first meeting of the day was with the Geographic Information System (GIS) team who have previously taken us on familiarisation and survey trips across the island. They are a young team of surveyors who use up-to-date technology to map the parcels of land. Records are also kept on old manual maps. With the GIS team, we discussed co-ordinates, contours and map transformations.
“Saint Helena is one of the most remote places in the world” Wikipedia says, but nothing can prepare you for what remote really means until you’ve made the journey. There can’t be many places which take a week to reach.
If you use the portal it’s likely that you have asked us, or at least wondered “Where are my e-DRS application results?” and “Why can I only see my application results for 15 days?”
As the team of four from Land Registry sets off for St Helena, I want to try and bring the mission to life. This is such a unique project, in such a unique, unspoiled part of the world; it seemed like a golden opportunity to start our journey by writing the first of a series of weekly blogs.
One of the main reasons people come to us is to find out who owns a piece of land or a property. If it is in England & Wales and registered then it can be quite simple but if it is unregistered it will probably be a lot harder.
Tell us the questions you would like us to answer right here on the Blog. The person with the best question will be the proud owner of a Land Registry USB key!
A boundary feature can be a fence, wall, hedge, ditch, piece of wire or sometimes even just the edge of a driveway. They can sometimes be the cause of heated debate triggering arguments between neighbours – perhaps over just a few inches of ground. I often get asked questions about boundaries and they tend to be some of the hardest to answer.
If you’re using our electronic Document Registration Service (e-DRS) you may have noticed the saving from reduced postage and manual processing costs. You may have also noticed a reduction in your paper consumption, but did you know that you can complete all processing elements of form AP1 electronically through e-DRS?