1.1. Cartographic Activities of the Department of Lands and Mapping, Ministry of Agriculture

The Department of Lands and Mapping of the Ministry of Agriculture continues to be the top governmental body for civil mapping purposes in Hungary.

The Department's staff of 22 is divided into 3 sections:

During the past few years proportionally less money was available for mapping purposes. The reason behind it is that the Department - being responsible also for national cadastre and land registration - had to concentrate its efforts to keep pace with the recent land reform (land privatization).
The real value of government orders has dropped by almost 25 % over the past 5 years. About two thirds of these funds served the development of cadastral mapping and the control network, some one quarter of them helped the production of new sheets of the 1:10.000 topographic series. Small amounts have continued to be earmarked for geographic mapping - chiefly to the development of a database-form gazetteer.

Major developments since 1991:

More on these projects are contained in the chapter on the Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing (FÖMI).

Department of Lands and Mapping,
Ministry of Agriculture, Budapest

1.1.1. The Institute of Geodesy, Cartography & Remote Sensing (FÖMI)

The Institute is the national body in Hungary that performs, by its staff of 175, central operational as well as R+D duties of civil mapping. Its activities are directly supervised by the Dept. of Lands & Mapping of the Ministry of Agriculture and are financed to some 30-40% by a budget allocated by the Ministry. The rest of the funds come from successful R+D competition awards and special revenues of the Institute (sale of GI products and services).

Major operative duties of the Institute include the following:

Major R+D projects on remote sensing and GIS, primarily financed by successful competition awards from the National Committee for Technological Development (OMFB):

FÖMI is one of the major support institutions of the Hungarian Space Office. As such activities on this field are considered rather important. Major works in the considered period:

GIS research projects
GIS technology has made considerable headway in the control and supervisory systems of the authorities of both the central government and the municipalities. The national map series and databases produced from them provide the infrastructural basis for these systems.

More details may be obtained by directly contacting the Institute
(address: H-1373 Budapest, Pf.546, Fax: +36 1 269 4560.)

Director of the Institute FÖMI,
Dr. Pál Divényi, Dr. Éva Csató
Senior staff, FÖMI, Budapest

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