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Sleek geographic info structures expertise has remodeled spatial info dealing with services and made it precious for governments to reconsider their roles with appreciate to the provision and availability of geographic information.; the character of the connection among governments and geographic info is explored during this booklet from a few diversified conceptual positions as regards to the experiences  Read more...

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Given these circumstances, it is not surprising to find that the geographical coverage of government departments in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland varies considerably and the main providers of geographic information are no exception to this rule. Many of these variations reflect not only regional circumstances but also differences in the legal systems of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For example, the main agency with responsibility for land and property in England and Wales is Her Majesty’s Land Registry.

6 million (about US$130 million) (Ordnance Survey, 1996a, p. 34). Nearly 80 percent of this expenditure was covered by the sale of products and services. The core activity of Ordnance Survey is to maintain the national topographic database in the form that meets current and future demands. The basic parameters of this database were established over a century ago in 1863 when it was agreed that all urban areas in Britain should be mapped at the 1:500 scale (later adjusted to 1:1,250 scale because of the costs involved), rural areas to the 1:2,500 scale and the remaining mountain and moorland areas to the 1:10,000 scale (McMaster, 1991, p.

This division also services the Information Development Liaison Group (IDLG) which is the main central/local government statistics forum. The IGGI has been very active in the debate regarding the development of a national geographic information strategy. It also sees itself as having a key role to play in the debate between the government and the wider geographic information community. With this in mind, it has worked closely with the AGI in the planning and organisation of the government round-table meetings (Oliver, 1996b).

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