Dr. Aldona Sjovall National Land Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania [email protected] www.zum.lt/nzt. T he GI policy is part of a broader strategy to create an information-based society in Lithuania. For this strategy are responsible:
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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.
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.
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: