Message from the keeper November 2015

Published: 27 November 2015

I've recently returned from Singapore, where I attended the Registrars of Title Conference. This annual event brings together colleagues from across the world to discuss the latest developments in land and property registration. It's really useful and incredibly interesting to learn about what other countries are doing, and sharing our ideas and practices means we can deliver the very best service for our respective customers. You can find out more about the ideas we explored on the RoS blog.

Our online services were unavailable this weekend, and will be again this coming weekend. This is so we can make some major upgrades to the infrastructure that underlies our IT systems as part of our digital transformation programme. We really appreciate your support as we make these changes, and I'm sorry for any inconvenience these downtimes cause. You can find out more about the enhancements on our website, and we now have a dedicated digital transformation section on our website where you can keep up to date with what we're doing and how you can get involved.

We've launched a new plan assistance service to help you translate information from sasine deeds onto a plan suitable for registration. This replaces our title investigation service, and provides a digital map that meets our deed plan criteria.

The 2,000th croft and the 200th common grazing joined the Crofting Register this month, which is a remarkable achievement considering there are around 18,000 crofts in Scotland and the register only went live in 2012. This demonstrates the positive response we've had to the Crofting Register, and the excellent collaboration between RoS, the Crofting Commission and crofters.

Remember that our consultation on keeper-induced registration (KIR) is still live on our website. Please submit a response to have your say on how we can use this particular mechanism, provided for under the 2012 Act, as the project progresses. The consultation runs till 8 January 2016.