Mapping and GIS

​The Survey of Israel is responsible for basic mapping products in the country. It is also responsible for the national geographic information system (GIS), which includes a topographic layer, a cadastral layer, and so on.

The objectives for the next several years:

​​​​The development of the geographic portal and its incorporation in the government project: "Government in real time".
Additions and revision of the GIS standards.
Development of the geographic / cadastral information center for internet applications.
New GIS products and the adaptation of the existing ones for the client requirements.
Production of 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 maps from the GIS. ​
Updating and improvement of the topographic GIS in two year cycles, including addresses and traffic directions. 
Incorporation of the cadastral GIS in work procedures.

​Achievement of the objectives will ensure efficient services to all customers of the Center for Mapping, both internal and external by exploiting the information systems in computerized form (files and internet) and as a hard copy (printing).

The developments and changes in work methods in mapping and cartography originate from the technological ability to store and to process surveying and mapping data stored in digital information systems.
In the past the mapping information was based on printed maps originating in the period of the British mandate in Palestine (Survey of Palestine) and on the Israeli mapping authority (Survey of Israel). Starting in early nineties and up to the present, the Survey of Israel was charged by the government to establish a National Geographic Information System. The source for the GIS has been a news and detailed mapping from aerial photography and land surveying as well as bathymetric and marine mapping.
The source for cadastral information system are block plans and new surveys for lands settlements and for registration plans.
The geodetic information originated from the survey control network.
The Geographic Information System is the basic for professional activities of the Center for Mapping and for managing digital data banks.
The information is intended for government institutions as well as for municipal and private clients, as a basis for planning and execution of engineering projects, navigation, defense, emergency management, environmental problems, research and development, tourism and the surveying community.