Parcel Data, Public Access, and the Democratization of Land Information Systems
The Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) will be holding their spring regional meeting, Democratizing the Multi-Purpose Land Information System: Impediments and Opportunities, on June 5-6th in Wausau, WI. Several distinguished speakers have been invited, including: Will Craig – National Land Parcel Data initiative; Bruce Joffe – Santa Clara County Geodata Access Lawsuit; Earl Epstein – Democratization of land information systems; and, Ben Neimann – National Land Parcel Data in the context of Wisconsin’s land records modernization experience. In addition, panel discussions, which promise to be lively, will address issues concerning Open Records Law, privacy, cost recovery, and funding as they relate to digital land records and land records modernization. Highlights on June 5th include:
National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future
William Craig, University of Minnesota. This presentation will describe the nine recommendations of the 2007 report National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future and present an advocacy agenda in support of nation-wide parcel data.
WLIA Parcel Task Force Progress Report
Doug Avoles, Vernon County and Bill Cozzens, Waukesha County. Doug and Bill will describe on-going efforts and information compiled over the past year by the Parcel Task Force.
Democratization of Land Information Systems
Dr. Earl Epstein, Ohio State University. A democratic land information system in a community is one that operates efficiently, effectively, and equitably. This system and its processes support the plans and management of land and its resources that are made by or impact the community. Technical developments over the past three decades have dramatically improved the efficiency and, to some degree, the effectiveness of these systems. However, the equity and lagging effectiveness aspects – the social science aspects of the system – require further, significant development. This presentation focuses on the social purposes of land information systems, venues and processes for land use planning and management, access-to-data principles, and economic or business aspects. Mechanisms and processes that enhance the attainment of a democratic land information system are made.
National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future – Did Wisconsin’s Experience Matter? Professor Emeritus Ben Niemann, University of Wisconsin – Madison. The Wisconsin Land Records Modernization experience is well documented, but did it matter? Ben Niemann critiques the National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future and shares a case study that details ongoing impediments to land records modernization and access in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.
Santa Clara County Lawsuit: Implications to Public Geodata
Bruce Joffe, Principal, GIS Consultants – Oakland, California Last year, the California First Amendment Coalition won a lawsuit against Santa Clara County, with the court ordering the County to provide its parcel basemap data for the cost of duplication, as required by the California Public Records Act. Or did they? Appeals have raised questions. This interactive session updates the issues and seeks your opinions.
Interactive Panel Discussion: Impediments to and Opportunities for Public Data Access Panelists: William J. Craig, University of Minnesota; Dr. Earl Epstein, Ohio State University; Bruce Joffe, Principal, GIS Consultants; Ben Niemann, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Bill Cozzens, Waukesha Count; and Doug Avoles, Vernon County. Come equipped with your hard hitting questions. This expert panel will address issues concerning Open Records Law, privacy, cost recovery, and funding as they relate to digital land records and land records modernization. In addition, they will share recommendations for overcoming the impediments to public data access and emphasize the opportunities for Open GIS.
The full agenda registraiton information: http://www.wlia.org/resources/wliaspring2008regionalwausauagenda1.pdf