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The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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Digital Twins: The Future of Spatial Data
2 September 2021
The geodata market has expanded by several times in recent years and has further prospects

Significant growth [has been seen] in the volume of the cartographic and geodetic market and geodata services. Over the past seven years, it has grown two and a half times. It is growing by 15–20% per year — Oleg Skufinskiy, Head, The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr).

Digital technologies will certainly be in demand and will give a new impetus to the turnover rate of real estate, which is being built and will continue to develop — Anatoly Pechatnikov, Deputy President – Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank.

The quality of geodata affects the sustainable development of a company, region, and country

We clearly understand that it is virtually impossible to manage the development of a region without high-quality geodata. The first rule is: if you want to manage something, you must be able to calculate it. Visualization is also essential to making data-driven management decisions. It’s impossible to do this without visualization systems and correct geographic information systems. At present, we are actively working on the digitization of our territory. We will have a digital master plan of the southern agglomeration of Sakhalin by the end of the year — Vyacheslav Alenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Sakhalin Region.

On the one hand, we see the explosive growth in the geospatial data industry and technologies, but this isn’t enough to help countries. We need to actively introduce them. All the Sustainable Development Goals can only succeed through the implementation of a spatial database — Rumyana Tonchovska, Senior Land Administration Officer-IT, Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development Division, The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

When a platform with accurate and complete geospatial data appears, the opportunities for their use expand. Essentially, we often work with some kind of paper information or what ‘Uncle Vanya’ told us at the enterprise. The platform will solve this problem and make it possible to comply with international standards in transactions — Igor Korotetskiy, Partner, Head of Operational Risk and Sustainability, KPMG in the CIS.

We have one major task – to fulfil the decree of the Russian president on the construction of one billion square metres by 2030. Without those digital solutions and what [the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography] is doing now, it will be impossible — Nikita Stasishin, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

Geodata is currently contained in various registries that are not aligned with each other

We need to make progress in integrating various models and databases, especially geospatial data — Hartmut Muller, Senior Professor, Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying, Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Here’s what we have today: various imported cartographic bases, which generally serve as the platform for the compilation of the corresponding data layers. Numerous regional and municipal services are already being formed on this basis. [There is] incomplete and inaccurate data not only in the [Unified State Register of Real Estate], but also in other information systems and departments. Today, as historically has been the case, out of 172 million objects in the [Unified State Register of Real Estate], 48 ​​million do not have accurate information about the copyright holders, 24 million land plots do not have exact boundaries, and 4.5 million objects are registry errors that have historically accumulated. Information about real estate is not consolidated — Oleg Skufinskiy, Head, The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr).

Information about land plots is difficult to obtain and much of it is not digitized

About 120 million titles have not been digitized — Oleg Skufinskiy, Head, The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr).

The main difficulty is the availability, completeness, and reliability of public information about land resources and capital construction projects. The faster we receive this information, the faster we can move along our investment activities. We often spend time searching, especially when it comes to lands with a long history: we have to manually extract information, which at best may be in paper form. The inaccessibility of a lot of information primarily hinders the investment process — Pavel Lyakhovich, Member of the Management Board, Managing Director, SIBUR LLC.

Create a unified digital geodatabase and develop new digital formats

Yesterday we submitted the draft state programme ‘National System of Spatial Data’ to the Russian government. It’s a system-forming document that is consistent with the best world practices, in spirit, in meaning, and in trends. I believe we have every chance of becoming leaders by 2025. Key initiatives as part of this strategy include the creation of a state geodetic network as well as a software and hardware complex. This involves creating a unified electronic cartographic base and a complete and accurate register — Oleg Skufinskiy, Head, The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr).

VTB Bank has now been granted the opportunity to develop a unified digital signing platform. This is undoubtedly an integral part of making a transaction digital. It’s a new format for the provision of electronic signatures and the reform of certification centres and everything connected with it. We will do this at our own expense and then give it to all stakeholders, including citizens and organizations on a concession basis — Anatoly Pechatnikov, Deputy President – Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS