A Land Information System (LIS) is a Geographic Information System for cadastral and land-use mapping, typically consisting of an accurate, current and reliable land record cadastre and associated attributes. An LIS comprises spatial data that represent the legal boundaries of land tenure and provides a vital base layer for integration into other spatial information systems or as a standalone solution that permits users to retrieve, create, update, store, view, analyze and publish land information.
Map-based Land Information Systems deliver real benefits to a range of organisations:
Converting and holding data on land parcels, ownership, production, costs, uses, etc. in digital format safeguards to a greater extent from loss or damage.
Having collated existing data, and integrating that data with other data topics and layers, more useful information is produced to support decision making and tracking, which in turn supports greater efficiency in the utilisation of all land resources. For example, forestry production, land and building leasing and rental, and agribusiness planning all benefit from LIS implementation.
Building on the integration of relevant data, and the use of key land map layers such as topography and transport, it is possible to model and analyse scenarios of land usage, including:
Possibilities for sharing data and results of analyses greatly increase with access to integrated data holdings augmented by mapping information systems. Using web-based or mobile platforms, information can be widely shared and accessed while in the office, in the field or on-site. Combining the power of mapping with report creation, raw data becomes valuable information that can be delivered in accessible and interpretable form for multiple uses and users.
Land Information Systems can be designed at a range of scales, from farm or building level to national level, for supporting a single or group of quarries to national inventories of land ownership, forestry, or bioenergy.
Stages in the development of a Land Information System include the following:
LIS projects developed by Compass include:
For more information, download our Land Information Systems Fact Sheet.