Kartverket has since 2005 assisted with capacity building in the Republic Geodetic Authority of Serbia (RGA) to establish and administer a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), a geoportal in compliance with the EU INSPIRE directive, and establishment of a new Real Estate Cadastre System through three projects.
Cooperation since 2005
Cooperation with RGA started in 2005 with twinning project between RGA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority. This project was implemented over six years and consisted of three main phases:
- Establishment of an efficient and high quality Scan Centre to convert cadastral maps into digital form in support of the implementation of the Real Estate Cadastre.
- Establishment of a Digital Archive for conversion of maps and documents form paper to digital form, and for storage of scanned data from the Scan Centre
- Development of a Geoportal and support in the preparation of a Serbian NSDI strategy in line with the EU INSPIRE directive.
To achieve a fully functioning NSDI and geoportal, a new Norwegian-financed project was started in 2011 to support RGA and strengthen the Serbian institutional cooperation in order to fully align the production and provision of geographic information with the EU INSPIRE directive. This project was completed in April 2013. Establishing an NSDI for Serbia is thus closely linked to the EU accession process.
In November 2013, the NMFA accepted yet another new project between RGA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority. This project started in December 2013 and the main activities were to prepare technical specifications for RGA to support a World Bank project on the establishment of a database for property registration and cadastre. The Mapping Authority assisted the World Bank with quality control of deliveries.
The short-term results of the series of projects in Serbia include:
- Establishment of a legal framework for NSDI
- Amendment of the Law on State Survey and Cadastre to include the legal framework for establishment of an NSDI. This law came into force in 2009.
- Establishment of an NSDI council and several working groups to help implement the NSDI.
- Development of a strategy for the establishment of an NSDI.
- Establishment of a technical framework for NSDI
Development of technical specifications for a new Real Estate Cadastre system sufficient for launching a tender for development of the system. As part of the specifications, an implementation plan was proposed.
- Development of a standard for metadata
- Establishment of a national Geoportal which was launched in late 2009. Data is available for exchange between stakeholders and data providers
The long-term results are that Serbia had in place a well organised National Spatial Data Infrastructure and a functioning Geoportal in accordance with the Inspire directive; and RGA and the stakeholders have the competence and tools to maintain and further develop the Infrastructure without external support. Also, Serbia became an active partner to the EU Inspire directive, thus preparing for EU membership.
Facts about the projects:
1. RGA-SK Twinning project for supporting real estate registration in Serbia
- Budget: 15.5 MNOK over three phases
- Period: 2005-2011
2. Geographic information for development and EU integration
Budget: 3 MNOK
3. Implementation of a project supporting the establishment of a new Real Estate Cadastre System for Serbia
Budget: 3 MNOK
*For all three projects, the Serbian partner was the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA).