Terralink, New Zealand's largest land information company, has launched an Internet-based land information service called Terranet.
Customisation manager Neil Pullar says Terralink will allow Web-based users to search comprehensive property records without having to go to the Land Office. "For finding basic title references and associated information on a specific property, Terranet can help land information professionals and the public access key information while avoiding trips to town, parking problems, and long lines."
From Internet Explorer and Navigator 3.x people can look up certificate of title references, appellations, assessment roll numbers and ownership details on more than three million properties through-out New Zealand using a custom-built search facility called Property Finder Search.
Each property is described by up to seven different land information data-bases. The site itself is refreshingly free of excessive graphics and is simple to use, although interpreting the more detailed data correctly takes some prior experience with land information databases.
The total Terranet database contains more than 14Gb of data distributed into seven separate databases. Oracle is the database platform, while the development work was done using Microsoft FrontPage. The project has been under way since late last year and has undergone rigorous testing. "Our metadata section describes the databases in exacting detail and includes a textual discussion of the data, a detailed database description and a complete look-up table," says Pullar.
Terranet charges a minimum cost of $12 for a casual user, but you can register online using a credit card.
(Parent is a member of the Terranet development team — www.terranet.co.nz.)