Ireland: Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) is setting us enterprise GIS, worth EUR 9 million. With this new set up, the DARD aims to correct shortcomings in the existing GIS and its Land Parcel Information System function, which is in place since December 2004.
According to the DARD’s spokesperson, recent European Union (EU) audits have identified weaknesses in the department’s controls around payment of area-based premia. Hence, the system is also intended to meet a range of requirements for itself and its executive agencies. The project is part of DARD’s EU Audit Compliance Programme. A DARD spokesperson said.
The new system will ensure correct updates, validation and presentation of the data. The spokesman also said that updates can arise from a number of sources. These include on-the-spot inspections, farmer notified changes, updates from the Northern Ireland’s mapping agency, land and property services, and remote sensing using satellite and ortho-photography images.
Farmers and their agents will be able to view and interact with their farm maps via a browser. A secure online facility will enable users to verify the accuracy of a map, identify and highlight areas of change and then submit the changes electronically to DARD for verification and possible update.
“This facility will open up a new electronic channel for registered customers to make changes to their farm map information and provide an alternative to current paper based processes,” the spokesman said. “This service will be accessible on a 24/7 basis and will offer increased flexibility for transactions to be completed outside DARD office hours.”
Source: The Guardian