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January 20th, 2017 4:30 PM   to   6:00 PM

This seminar is part of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory series and supported by the AGI.

No booking is required for this event and it is FREE to attend.

A Seminar Series in GIS, Remote Sensing, and GeoInformatics organised by the Edinburgh Earth Observatory in conjunction with the AGI-Scotland

Future Land and Property

Janet Egdell

Operations Director

Registers of Scotland

Title: Digital Transformation at the Registers of Scotland

Digital Transformation Digital is changing everything, from how we work to how we consume services. Technology is advancing every day, and the way we live our lives is overwhelmingly influenced by the internet. Digital is also significantly better for the environment, saving tonnes of paper every year.  Registers of Scotland is undergoing a digital transformation, moving from a paper-based organisation to one that always does everything digitally as the first option.  Recent legislation has already allowed an increase in the proportion of digital applications received, rising overnight from five per cent to over 20 per cent.  Boosting this figure will be a large focus of our work over the coming years as we do everything we can to protect our environment and make registering property faster, easier, and more secure than ever before.

General Register of Sasines - 400th anniversary year 2017 The General Register of Sasines - also known as the sasine register - is the world's first public register of property ownership rights, dating back to 1617. It is a chronological list of land transaction deeds, which contain written descriptions of what the ownership covers.  Wednesday 28 June 2017 will mark 400 years since the sasine register was created by the Registration Act 1617. 

Further talks are also being planned going forward.  If you have suggestions for speakers/topics you'd like to hear from and/or are unable to make the Friday PM timing (designed to encourage further links between academia and industry) please do let us know. As always, all are most welcome and we try to appeal to a broad audience from students, researchers, and industry professionals.

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Aim of the Series

The University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is pleased to host this seminar series, presenting topics in the broad areas of geographical information and remote sensing, under the auspices of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory. This prestigious series combines research seminars with talks of professional interest and is open to students and staff across the University and beyond, together with professionals in the field working in Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. Supported by the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland (AGI Scotland) as a professional seminar series, it aims to be inclusive and broad-ranging. Talks are timed for the late afternoon to bring a social dimension.

These seminars also represent an important networking opportunity, with a growing audience comprising some of the key players in the Scottish geographical information industry. Talks are followed by AGI Geo-Drinks which take place in the Teviot Library Bar allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Our typical audience numbers 40-60 and combines staff and students from GeoSciences, Informatics and other Schools within the university, with professional colleagues from the Scottish Government, British Geological Survey, EDINA, Registers for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Forest Research and several SMEs from across Central Scotland and beyond.


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