Geodata is basic data on the country ensuring public access to information on the environment and nature. The data is also important to support the government's policy formulation and activities in various areas, such as asset registration, planning, nature conservation, monitoring of natural threats, energy matters, research and public works, and is used in a variety of ways by the public and industry.
Basic geodetic and geographic data on Iceland is therefore a necessity. This data includes basic maps, a national co-ordinate system, vertical information system, digital land information etc. The role of the National Land Survey of Iceland is to collect, process, preserve and disseminate this information. The agency is also responsible for developing and maintaining access to digital land information on behalf of the government under the EU's INSPIRE directive.