Mernis

Central Civil Registration System is the first e-Government project of Turkey, initially launched in1970s, which were developed to manage all demographic information of Turkish citizens (birth, marriage, divorce, decease, etc.) and any changes in such details, in an electronic environment.

 

Services Undertaken

We provide services for MERNIS, the backbone of all e-Government projects in Turkey, since 2000. In this respect, the services, which are undertaken in three stages and successfully accomplished so far, can be summarized as follows.

MERNIS, Dissemination Project, Stage I

In 2000, regional dissemination of the modules, which were prepared in distributed architecture, for use at the District Registry Offices; Issuing Turkish Identity Card numbers to all registered citizens; delivering installation, operation, training and call center services and establishment of a central data warehouse to be used at the General Directorate.

MERNIS, Dissemination Project, Stage II

In 2002, retrofitting the District Registry Office modules running independently of each other in distributed architecture, in such a way that they could operate online, linked to central database, and executing the relevant dissemination tasks at the General Directorate and all District Registry Offices.

MERNIS Central Software Project

In 2007, redevelopment of MERNIS application software operating in a distributed and client-server architecture, in a central and web-based architecture and realization of data transfer works from all District Registry Offices and central databases, as well as commissioning of the system.

 

Project Benefits

MERNIS made great contribution to social transformation as it covers the citizens, district registry offices, and public agencies and institutions. Some of these contributions are indicated below.

  • Recording the civil registers centrally within electronic environment allowed for consistent and high-quality data acquisition,
  • Enabling the civil register and residential statistics to be created and processed fast and accurately,
  • Instantaneous central monitoring of up-to-date address details ruled out the need for census curfew,
  • Forgery in notarial, land registration and banking transactions has been prevented. Banks and notary offices have access to MERNIS database, whereby they can check the accuracy of individual records,
  • Healthcare policies (hospital and health center requirements per district/region) can be planned in the light of actual information available on MERNIS.
  • In addition, the system saved time and labour in the following:
  • Time and cost spent at the civil registry offices for personal transactions by the citizens living in another town other than their registered district,
  • Time and communication costs arising from the required correspondences and fax transmissions regarding the transaction at multiple districts,
  • Time and cost arising from the errors caused by similarities in first and last names; since a Turkish identity number is allocated to all citizens and thus all transactions about the citizens are monitored with this particular number.