Responsibilities of the Land Information Council of Jamaica


Except for the funding of a very small unit, the National Spatial Data Management Division and the initial establishment of the GIS training center, no funds have been made available to LICJ to carry out this very important national initiative.

The Council achievements with respect to its programmes and projects have been accomplished through the commitment, support and voluntarism of its members. It has used innovative means and “joined-up” government approaches to achieve a number of its objectives. Some of the activities of member agencies have been financed from foreign funded sectoral related programmes and projects. The Council has assisted in the formulation of many of these programmes and projects and has also leveraged the funds and resources to the benefit of its many members thereby “stretching the dollar”.

  Areas of work Include:    
1 the creation of a national spatial data management system
2 the design and establishment of the National GIS Centre
3 suitable legislative and regulatory instruments,
4 preparation of guidelines for the sharing, costing and pricing of spatial data,
5 facilitating access to land information among Government agencies, and between the public and private sectors,
6 preparation of standards for the creation, management and exchange of land information,
7 the creation of a metadata clearing house,
8 the creation of a National Virtual Reference System (VRS) network that is based on Global Positioning System (GPS)
9 the development of digital spatial data sets (roads, ED’s, land use, poverty, hazards)
10 public education and training in GIS, GPS, remote sensing and related disciplines.
11 technical and institutional guidance for the management and implementation of GIS facilities for government and statutory agencies.