Welsh Government Contract for Common Land Digitisation

By May 12th 2020
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The parent company of gi Perspective, Lovell Johns, is delighted to be supporting specialist software systems provider CGI with the digitising of map-based registers for Common Land and Town and Village Greens throughout Wales. The 30-month contract, that was awarded in March 2019, will see the creation of digital maps and registers following the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce Electronic Registers in Wales.

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As the named sub-contractor in the successful tendering process, Lovell Johns are responsible for the Data Migration phase, undertaking the scanning, digitising and linking of thousands of historical Common Land records.

Our team are performing on-site scanning of the legacy paper-based Common Land registers across all 22 Welsh Local Authorities, many of which are decades old and in a fragile condition. Key map-based features and related textual records, including typed and handwritten text, are then digitised by our team. Our GIS specialists are linking the map-based features to the digital registers, then restructuring and standardising the data into a GIS enabled relational database.

The new data is handed over to CGI who are designing and building a geospatial software solution to enable the Pubic to search and browse the register content and for the Local Authorities to edit the registers online for the first time. The Welsh Government is targeting the launch of the Electronic Register in Spring 2022.

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