GIS work products are focused on helping members understand the value of integration of GIS and property records and providing tools for operational support of that integration.
State and local offices, as well as federal agencies have questions about land-related decisions such as infrastructure development, public safety, transportation and other local government functions. Geographic Information Systems or GIS is a field that incorporates geographical features with tabular data in order to map, analyze and assess real-world problems. Spatial data - data that is referenced to locations on the earth – is joined with tabular data – descriptive data – to create a GIS data set.
PRIA members collect land records - mostly concerned with rights and restrictions in real property – but those records also contain spatial data related to the rights being recorded.
A recent estimate shows approximately 70 percent of all local governments have implemented some form of GIS. Yet in many cases GIS is not integrated with the recording office.
PRIA's GIS work products focus on standards, procedures and best practices for data exchange between GIS systems and land records systems. This will allow the exchange of information while taking into account performance, security, and revenue implications.
The desired result is greater familiarity with the manner in which land records add to a government’s investment in GIS, and inversely, for the property records industry to add to a common set of geo-referenced data that may be used by government to make decisions based on a more complete and holistic view of local circumstances.
The untapped potential of government managed land information lies in the ability to integrate property records within the overall workflow of information in a government jurisdiction. This allows government to better plan, analyze and provide more timely and accurate information and increase productivity.