Launch of the new DLS Internet e-Services Platform – The DLS PORTAL
The official presentation and launch of the DLS PORTAL, the new Internet e-Services Platform of the Department of Lands and Surveys was held on Thursday, 23rd June 2016 at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia. The launch was under the auspices of the Minister of Interior, Mr. Sokrates Hasikos and the Deputy Minister to the President, Mr. Constantinos Petrides.
The Minister of Interior in his address, stressed the great importance given by the Ministry of Interior in the implementation of such innovative electronic applications, such as the "DLS PORTAL" aimed to implement and embed a new kind of interactive vice-versa communication with the citizens. The DLS PORTAL and the implementation of e-Government initiatives within the Ministry is part of an integrated strategy set to open up the Department's doors to the citizens.
The Deputy Minister to the President in his address pointed out that the use of Information and Communication Technologies is widely recognized as a key horizontal factor for growth. Consequently, the Government considers that the use of ICT in the public sector should be implemented as a matter of priority in line with the Public Service Administration Reform; important initiatives as the implementation of the DLS PORTAL point to this direction and aim at the modernization of services provided to the citizens via the availability of e-services and the ease of access to the Department's data sources.
The Director of the Department of Lands and Surveys, Mr. Andreas Sokratous, noted in his welcoming address that the New Internet Services platform is a landmark in the modern history of the Department of Lands and Surveys, as following intensive efforts lasting many years, the Department fully opens its doors to the outside world, with online services via the Internet, through its own platform of electronic services; a new IT customer-centric culture is embedded in the Department's vision, focusing on the citizen via the availability of electronic services. The Department of Lands and Surveys target is the elimination of time-consuming bureaucratic procedures in the acceptance of applications and the ease of access into the richness of its data.
The DLS PORTAL consists of four (4) main pillars:
- A New and Dynamic Front Page with Static Information for the Department and the Services offered.
- Ability to Navigate to a Property through an On-line Free Web Application in real time. The applications use the Geographical Information Systems of the Department, extending them through Web GIS capabilities.
- Electronic Application Submission. An "e-Applications Dashboard" is available for every citizen, hosting personal profiling, monitoring of all registered application in the Department and providing the ability to launch and submit an application, purchase static maps, export data and upload data to the Department.
- Adherence and Implementation to the INSPIRE Directive for Cyprus.