The 22 Local Authorities in Wales are responsible for maintaining records of Common Land and Towns or Village Greens in Wales. Maintaining paper-based maps and records that were over 50 years old was becoming more difficult and costly for councils. Sharing data between departments and organisations outside the Local Authority was impossible, and the records were physically degrading from repeated handling, water damage or tearing.
CGI understood the need for a solution to embrace the Digital First Agenda, which included the use of open architecture and open standards, offering the tools needed to deploy location-based services. We delivered a single electronic register of all Common Land in Wales, which provides a service that integrates a geospatial portal with back-office admin tools to allow data management including complex geometry editing for the Welsh Government.
The 22 Local Authorities in Wales are working towards a single data store that provides autonomy over their own register content, which will allow for a number of benefits including improved geospatial data quality, uniformed processes and enhanced interactions with customers with nationally aligned processes for inspecting and maintaining Common Land registers and maps for Wales.