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The spanish cadastre, an example of open public administration

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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The Spanish Cadastre is a data bank that includes physical, legal and economic information for 75 million real estate properties. The Spanish General Directorate for Cadastre (SGDC) has been working for over 20 years to have a complete, interoperable and homogeneous digital data model for the whole territory.

For this mission the SGDC provides a virtual office that gives all citizens, without exception, access to cadastral data via the internet or via 3000 Cadastral Information Points, avoiding the digital gap. Being the biggest data provider of the Spanish Spatial Data Infrastructure (IDEE), it is a secure service guaranteeing data privacy and, at the same time, it fully supports transparency within public services. SGDC is the first organisation to offer free access to the cadastral information and its policy of open access has demonstrated compliance with INSPIRE Directive, PSI Directive and Spanish law on citizens’ electronic access to public services.

Citizens have open, free-of-charge access to all data (except those subject to data protection law); administrations and other public entities, after registering, have access to all levels of data, including protected data, but exclusively for the performance of their own competencies; and cadastral owners, identified via a digital signature, can also access their own protected data. The internet services of the SGDC have been described as a phenomenal success with more than 8 million people accessing it each day and more than 4,735,000 certificates issued in 2010. But users demand more information. Private companies and citizens want to have the possibility to edit all cadastral information too, re-use it and add value to it to provide many other services.

Following the adoption of the new Spanish Law on a Sustainable Economy, every citizen can get free editable WFS and other formats through the ‘licence for downloading and using information provided by the Directorate-General for Cadastre (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance)’. With this innovative Licence, the SDGC meets the demand of citizens and establishes the conditions to ensure their intellectual property rights, the liability derived from wrong or outdated data or services and the procedure in case of non-accomplishment of the accepted conditions for accessing information or services and the disciplinary proceedings.

The SGDC is convinced that this further step will boost the economy by developing services based on knowledge and innovation and will have a major impact on Spanish and European Spatial Data Infrastructure, thus becoming an example to other cadastral institutions.

Award info
Award category: opening up the public sector
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Cadastre, virtual office, inclusive, interoperable
Short English description: For this mission the SGDC provides a virtual office that gives all citizens, without exception, access to cadastral data via the internet or via 3000 Cadastral Information Points, avoiding the digital gap.
Further information
Organisation: Directorate-General for Cadastre
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.sedecatastro.gob.es/ovcinicio.aspx
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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