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11-03: Improving interoperability of registries & open data access
Local Land Charges - Laying the foundation of a new national digital service.
HM Land Registry, United Kingdom
Each of the 326 local authorities in England is required to hold a Local Land Charges register that records obligations affecting properties within its administrative area. Across the country there are some 26 million charges that are held in differing formats and to different data standards, often in non-digital, paper or electronic format.
Obtaining evidence from this dataset that describe restrictions on the use of the property such as building restrictions or listed building information take up to several weeks and impact property buying decisions and timelines.
Working in partnership with the local authorities, the United Kingdom’s Her Majesty’s Land Registry (HMLR) has begun to centralise and transform this data, which can now be accessed through a new innovative online digital service. The new service provides instant online access to citizens, speeding up the home buying process.
Digitalization of public registers and the role of legal professionals – a connection for the future
Public registers are an essential element in the legal systems of most developed economies. In the digital age, registers are kept electronically and there is a strong desire to allow electronic access to the registers. How can courts, registers, notaries and other legal professionals remain accessible to all citizens, and maintain the existing high standards of integrity, reliability and professional secrecy in the digital age? The project “Electronic Communication of Notaries with Public Registers“, which currently attempts to develop practical, locally applicable solutions for six countries of the Western Balkans, will be presented. The session will illustrate the challenges and show a range of answers adopted in the Western Balkans region. The audience will be able to learn from the different experiences and answers to the omnipresent challenges of digitalization for legal service providers and reflect on which approach might be most appropriate in a given situation
Modern technology in land administration - a call for governance and structuring data in view of privatising land administration processes
Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), Netherlands
Data are of the most interesting items of value for commercial entities and parties to implement modern technologies such as blockchain technology and (especially) artificial intelligence in various processes. This sometimes seems to implicate that the true meaning and value of data are of minor importance to some of these parties. In Land Administration processes the proper use of data is of the utmost importance. Especially in cases where Land Administration processes seem to be outsourced to commercial entities – or the complete Land Administration is privatised – it is important to set rules and implement a well-function system prior to outsourcing land administration activities. We describe the implementation and use of modern technology (eg. blockchain, AI and Internet of Things in Land Administration and the possible privatisation of land registry activities. The most frequently stated arguments not to privatize the Land Registry organizations will be discussed.