Towards conclusive land titling in India
The Department of Land Resources (DoLR), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, has prepared a preliminary draft of the Land Titling Bill. The Bill hopes to usher into the country the system of Conclusive Property Titles with title guarantee and indemnification against loss due to incorrect title entries by the Government, instead of the current system of registration of deeds and documents and “presumptive” property titles.
TerraGo Publisher for GeoMedia
TerraGo Publisher for GeoMedia version 5 software gives Intergraph GeoMedia customers the capability to publish complex maps and images as highly portable and interactive GeoPDF files for easy dissemination and use by field personnel.
Bhutan’s forests to be tracked
The Forestry Department is planning a National Forest Inventory (NFI) project, which will help in capturing comprehensive data on forest and its resources. Chief Forestry Officer Kinley Tshering said they would measure more than 26,000 plots across the country, divide them into grids and using GIS, the inventory will identify the exact forest coverage. The pilot project was carried out in Toebesa, Punakha, last year to determine the project’s feasibility, which proved successful.
New rules for Net mapping in China
An updated standard for Internet map servers will be implemented next month to avoid State secrets being disclosed and uncertified maps published online. The new standard issued by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping in China, one year after the first standard was launched, requires all Internet map servers to keep servers storing map data inside the country and provide public Internet protocol addresses. The new regulation includes all maps downloaded or copied from the Internet onto cell phones and handheld computers.
MAPPS applauds Parcel Provision in Senate-Passed Bill
MAPPS applauded the inclusion of a parcel geocoding provision providing for an ‘early warning system’ in S. 3217, the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010,” that passed the U.S. Senate. The bill makes amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), including a provision for the newly-created Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection within the Federal Reserve to collect the “parcel number to permit geocoding” on mortgage transactions.
ESRI support for Oil Spill Disaster
ESRI is providing a number of support activities for the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It has deployed its disaster response team to provide assistance to users in local, state, and federal government agencies as well as the private sector. The team is supplying software, technical support, GIS data, and personnel.
OS VectorMap District now available
OS VectorMap District is now available for developers to download, order on disc and view via Ordnance Survey’s free mapping portal. The new dataset has been specifically designed for use online and created to support the aims of Data.gov.uk, offering a clear and customisable background on which to display a whole range of other information.
Yunnan Power Grid selects Ashtech®
Yunnan Power Grid, China has ordered 160 Ashtech MobileMapper 6 GPS/GIS units. The new units will be used by Yunnan Power Grid to more efficiently manage the maintenance of the corporation’s electric pole and tower network.