Dr. Aldona SjovallNational Land Service under the Ministry of Agricultureof Lithuaniaaldonas@zum.ltwww.zum.lt/nzt • The GI policy is part of a broader strategy to create an information-based society in Lithuania. For this strategy are responsible: • The Information Society Development Committee under the Governmentof the Republic of Lithuania,www.ivpc.lt/ • Committee of the Development of Information Society in Seimas
MAIN PROVIDERS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION The State Department of Geodesy and Cartography under theGovernment of Lithuania, which was responsible for cartography and geodesy activities, was reorganized to the National Land Service under the Ministry of Agricultureof Lithuania (NLS) in 2001 (http://www.zum.lt/nzt). National geographic information is co-ordinated by NLS. NLS is owner of the Geodetic and Cartographic Control Information System (GCCIS) (www.zum.lt/nzt/gkpis/default.htm). It is planned for the future to connect the active GCCIS database to the Internet, so that users can make active queries through the simple Internet browser interface, get information on the database records, as well as view the interested information graphically. The NLS has established two interprises: the UAB “Institute of Aerial Geodesy” and the “GIS Center”. In these enterprises are set up digital technological lines for producing geo-referential databases.
MAIN PROVIDERS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION The Agency for the State Land Cadastre and Registerwas set up by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture in 1997. This agency is building databases relating to land cadastre, administrative units, settlements, streets and addresses. The National Geological Survey (NGS) is responsible for creating and maintaining geological databases on the national level. The computerised geological information system GEOLIS has been established by NGS. GEOLIS is collecting and systemising, using geological information, data as well as including Internet browsing facilities. The National Forestry Institute under the Ministry of Environment keeps the forestry cadastre, and is developing a GI database of forest parcels. The Department of Statistics is the official provider of socio-economic and statistical information in Lithuania. The Rural Business Development and Information Center was set up by the Ministry of Agriculture in 2001.
What affect data policies in our country? • The Law on Geodesy and cartography of the Republic of Lithuania, prepared by the State Department of Geodesy and Cartography under the Government of Lithuania,was launched in June 2001. • Article 7. Ownership of Geodetic, Topographic and Cartographic Materials • Article 9. Competence of the Government in the Field of Geodesy and Cartography • Article 34. Copyright Protection
The Methodology for determination of Author’s fee for the use of official maps and geo-refential Databases, for the publishing of thematic maps and publishing on the Internet was launched by National Land Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania in 2002: • Main aspect: The permit to use NLS Lithuania’s digital data in Internet based on the licence fee. • Service provision: Who uses the data from NLS Lithuania in Internet, can get limited permit to use data in Internet within the following limits and obligations: • The data is used only with a certain service, or application; • The service provider controls the use of data; • Vector data must be converted to raster format before it can be put in the Internet; • Vector data can be used only as background on the sevice; • The usage right of data in Internet is granted for one year at the time • With the service should be shown the copyright of used data, which belongs to the NLS Lithuania;
Continued.... • The licence fee size depends on purpose of use (non-profit, business), use restriction (restricted, or not), character of service (free of charge, or chargeable). • Usage of data in Internet is free of charge for products produced by the Governmental institutions, by Ministries, by Seimas and non-profit organizations under them, by Municipal institutions, according to State programs confirmed by the Governmental resolutions, for territory planning, for land reform, for State cadastre and register, as well as for science and education. • We have signed the first three agreementsfor using National digital Databases in Internet: one signed with private company and two with State departments.
Core data of GI • Key data sets, acting as the foundation of the national GI infrastructure, are already in place or are being developed. They include: • Cartographical Database KDB10LT at 1:10 000 scale is under production; • Digital Orthophotos at scale 1:10 000 scale are now covering the whole country; • Digital Topographical maps at scale 1:50 000 prepared by NATO - standards is under production; • Digital Database LTDBK50000-V of satellite imagery at scale 1:50 000; • Georeference Database GDB200 at scale 1:200 000. • Georeference database MapBSR at scale 1:1000 000 integrated into the georeference Database of the Baltic Sea region. • Database of administrative units, settlements, streets, and addresses is under production.
Some facts / tendencies • Global political direction concerning policy issues (GI as well) – to meet EC laws and regulations. • GI in Lithuania is mainly developing by public sector organisations. Private sector limit itself adding valued services. • Within recent years prices were significantly decreased and licensing condition were liberalised. • GI still not widely in use by public/private users. • Local municipalities are important drivers of GI Data Policy issues