Operations of the Land Information Council of Jamaica

The Council has over the past 12 years promoted the need to use GIS and has established the framework and policy guidelines for the creation of a national GIS network, also referred to as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). See Appendix I for details on the proposed NSDI.

The LICJ had become an umbrella organization consisting of over 50 government and quasi government organizations working together to achieve its objectives. It has had some participation and inputs from non-government organizations, professional bodies and interested private sector firms. Its members collect, produce, acquire, maintain, distribute, use and preserve land and land related data (e.g. maps, tables, photographs) in digital or paper form to fulfill their mission. The Council’s work is executed through 9 sub-committees that examine issues and develop policies, strategies, standards and plans for the creation of a NSDI. These sub-committees are:

  • Global Positioning Systems
  • Land Adjudication
  • Cost, Pricing and Access
  • International and National GIS Standards
  • Mapping
  • Networking
  • GIS Training/GIS in Schools Education
  • Metadata
  • Newsletter and GIS Day

The LICJ meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m., except August. All agencies that are members of LICJ are entitled to attend and participate in the monthly and sub-committee meetings. The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation coordinates and facilitates the Council’s programme of work and executes a number of key programme areas.