Lowell Deeds

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March 6, 2007

ACS Users Group Meeting

by @ 3:30 pm. Filed under Registry Ops

The ACS Users Group (consisting of all the registries in Massachusetts that use the ACS computer system) met today in icy, windy Worcester. The main item on the agenda was a presentation by Christian Jacqz, the Director of MassGIS, on that agency’s vision for integrating the state’s GIS records, registry of deeds records, and local assessor records. Doing this would truly result in the type of “one-stop shopping for real estate information” that we first talked about in 1999. Finally the technology has caught up with our ideas, so the hurdles aren’t as much computer-related as they are political- or business-practice-related. While those hurdles aren’t necessary easy to overcome, the solutions usually don’t cost a lot, so that’s good. In the coming weeks we hope to write more about our plans for GIS integration here on the blog, so please check back. Other items on the Users Group agenda included more discussion of the proposed changes to the www.masslandrecords.com website. The most important change, from our perspective, would involve making all names available on the screen at one time (just like the in-registry search system). While this is supposedly easy to do, the consequences might be problematic. Specifically, a search that returns a large set of names, because they’re all being displayed at once, could bog down the speed of the entire website. So we decided to have ACS to some technological calculations and come up with a prototype, or at least a recommendation on how to proceed at our next meeting which wil be during the second week in May.

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