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ALTA 2 / SPIN 2 Project Background

ALTA 2 Staged Release Implementation

Alberta Registries is in the early stages of a multi-year redevelopment process to replace the Land Titles system, ALTA, to address aging mainframe technology, data access constraints and personal privacy management issues. As part of this initiative all Land Titles current data services have been reviewed and, where possible, consolidated into one core set of products distributed through Registries award winning SPIN 2 web distribution application. The SPIN 2 Product Catalogue and User Manual containing all pertinent information regarding products, policies and services is available for download from the SPIN 2 News website.

New "web services" technology to be deployed in this redevelopment will assist Land Titles in meeting its registration and data distribution mandate. It will further allow Land Titles to maintain a fair and level playing field with regards to access to title data products.

Phase 1 Release - October 1st, 2003
Phase 1 - SPIN 2 Implementation
Enhancements were made to the existing Land Titles internet data delivery system SPIN which provided online delivery of registered plans, survey control monument, township and soils data. In addition to the previous products, SPIN 2 also provided access to low volume land title searches and submitted requests for registered documents to the Online Documents System (ODS) for manual delivery to clients.
Note: The SPIN 2 System can be accessed using an ALTA account (requires logon name association to the ALTA Account) or by credit card and provides the ability to search for data either through key in of a text identifier (e.g. LINC Number, Plan/Block/Lot, ATS) or through map drill down on a location to which data is referenced.
Phase 2 Release - December 6th, 2004
Phase 2 - SPIN 2 Implementation
The second phase of SPIN 2 provided access to online digital documents and replaced volume land title data services previously provided by the ETS System and ad hoc "mainframe" reports.
Phase 3 Release - May 27th, 2006

Phase 3 - SPIN 2 Map Index enhancement providing improved access to title information:

  • Legend to help define map features
  • Titled parcels displayed at the urban detail zoom level
  • Mouse-over outlines titled parcel to full extents and displays LINC number
  • Polygon/Parcel Select feature highlights selected titled parcels
  • Multiple Parcel titles (i.e., condominium, mineral) available with one click on the parcel or mineral title symbol when information tool selected
  • Preview Title feature for map selected titles when information tool selected
  • Locate area of interest by Latitude/Longitude or 10TM Coordinates.
  • Zoom-In tool, use right-click to Zoom-Out
  • View on Map feature from the Search Summary results highlights selected parcel

Phase 3 - Additional SPIN 2 enhancements:

  • Multiple Survey plans file upload search by input file
  • Shortened check-out process from the Shopping Cart
  • Current and/or Current Historical Title selection from the Search Summary results
    Note: Search Cancelled Titles to see previous registered owner information. Current Historical Titles contain Current Title information and historical document registration information (e.g., discharges, transfer of instruments, etc.) if any
  • Printable receipt upon check-out
  • Customer Comments field, maximum 60 characters (will appear on Printable Receipt)
  • Additional Manage Account / View Spin2 Orders options (e.g., Printable List and Print Receipt)
ALTA 2 - The New Alberta Land Titles Registration System
There will be impact on SPIN 2 when the two systems integrate. Starting in 2002, Land Titles began a multi-year process of redesigning and building the new Land Titles registration system. The key goal is the replication of the current Alberta Torrens system business practices and processes, which are considered to be some of the best in the world, onto a current technology application platform supported by a normalized relational database. Once completed and aligned with earlier releases of SPIN 2, the new Online Document Search and an enhanced automated survey plan registration process; the ALTA 2 System will provide a range of new business service options including secure online submission of documents for registration by accredited parties.
New Personal Privacy Management Policy Implications on Product
With the implementation of SPIN 2, an important change to the content of the Land Titles data products is the removal of personal owner name(s) from all Land Titles volume data products. All other data will remain. This change is required as part of Land Titles implementation of updated personal privacy management policies on all its data products. Name-based data will only be available by individual title search unless a client has a legal right (e.g. Municipalities) to access this type of personal information. As "agents" of the Crown, Registry Agents will be the only exception to this rule.

Current Land Titles Change Update Product
No changes were made to the current municipality Land Titles Change product with the release of SPIN 2. Minor format changes were made to the Land Titles Change product and LINC file product in Phase 2.

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