Cadastre Modernisation

Libya’s New Land Administration System
Libya has recently completed one of the biggest cadastre projects ever. A fully automated workflow has been established through all departments across the Land Registry Authority, supporting new working practices and improving land administration services. The author describes the new system, implemented with the assistance of Esri Northeast Africa consortium.     Like many other countries around the world, Libya needs sustainable land management to deal, among other issues, with the environmental. Proper land management requires land-use and land-ownership services based on up-to-date, reliable and detailed information which is rapidly and easily accessible. Land administration systems (LAS) in many countries... (read more)
2010-09-07 04:09:15

New German Cadastre Standard

On 1st July 2007, the Surveying and Cadastre Authority of the German Federal State of Lower Saxony (LGN) announced the general technical acceptance of the Data Acquisition and Qualification component of the new standard for cadastre and topographic information systems in Germany, named AFIS-ALKIS-ATKIS. The core of this solution is LM on ArcGIS Editor from AED-SICAD's new land management product line, based on ESRI's ArcGIS technology. This is the first acceptance in Germany of such a component, which includes the Official Real Estate Cadastre Information System (ALKIS) as well as the Official Geodetic Control Station Information System (AFIS) and the... (read more)
2007-07-27 10:30:02

Completing the Greek Cadastre

GIM International Interviews Akis Markatos
Earlier this year, work started on the completion of the cadastral registration in Greece, in the south-east corner of Europe. More than 60 percent of the territory still has to be surveyed, and the project should be completed by 2020. The IT infrastructure has been set up, new laws passed, 28 survey projects tendered, and a new board and management are in place at the National Cadastre and Mapping Agency. Here Akis Markatos, general director of the Cadastre, talks about their eagerness to tackle the many challenges. What is the current cadastral situation in Greece? In a country in such... (read more)
2014-06-06 03:26:03

The Crowdsourced Cadastre

Crowdsourcing (1)
The full feature is online at Please subscribe for free using the Subscribe button in the left hand column. There is nothing new under the sun. Or is there? Cadastral practitioners are becoming increasingly interested in ‘crowdsourcing’. Using location-enabled mobile phones, citizens could themselves perform – at least partially – adjudication, surveying, demarcation, and recordation. Some suggest it could revolutionise cadastral establishment and maintenance. At first glance the concept appears highly innovative. It could help lower costs of registration, speed up recording, deliver more complete cadastral coverage, and improve the relationship between citizens and their governments. But, have we... (read more)
2012-08-21 04:12:42

Greening the Cadastre

Incorporating Natural/Fuzzy Boundaries
The full feature is online at Please subscribe for free using the Subscribe button in the left hand column. What will future cadastres look like? GIM International tackled this question throughout 2010 and 2011. The starting points were six potential design elements: survey accuracy, property objects (including RRRs), 3D/4D capacity, real-time updates, global connectivity and incorporation of natural or fuzzy boundaries. In GIM International’s November 2011 issue, the authors re-examined ‘Survey Accurate Cadastres’ and they now discuss the incorporation of natural boundaries in ‘Organic Cadastres’ here. For most people, ‘cadastres’ are synonymous with ‘order’, conjuring up thoughts of thin... (read more)
2012-05-15 02:43:42

Cadastre with Couleur Locale

GIM International Interviews Hernando De Soto
A radical reappraisal of attitudes to the developing world is required of the geomatics profession. This is the view of Hernando De Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital, who in this interview offers GIM readers detailed insight into his concept of land registration for the poor. Land registration as means of escape from poverty is the major premise of De Soto, one of the foremost thinkers of our age on informal economy. Originally an economist, and president of the Peruvian Institute for Liberty and Democracy, he has shaped current thinking on land registration and its positive outcome for the... (read more)
2010-10-04 04:06:07

Towards Cadastre 2034

International Experts Speak Out
To what degree have the objectives of Cadastre 2014 been accomplished? What are the societal and technological dynamics that may affect the international practice of land administration over the coming twenty years? Bennett and co-authors from the University of Melbourne, Australia, have described six design elements relating to the role and nature of future cadastres, presented at the FIG 2010 congress in Sydney and published in GIM International (July 2010); an inspiring starting point for further dialogue. To encourage discussion we invited leading experts and practitioners to send us their own views and vision. We received no fewer than ten... (read more)
2010-09-07 04:38:43

Beyond Cadastre 2014

Let the Dialogue Begin
Multipurpose cadastres, Cadastre 2014, and sustainable land administration have radically altered understanding of cadastres and their potential over the last thirty years. Many of these concepts continue to be relevant. However, the world is not in stasis, so cadastral science must anticipate and facilitate emerging change. The authors present six design elements relating to the role and nature of future cadastres as a starting point for further dialogue. Globalised society will affect the design of future cadastres. Firstly, will be a need for survey-accurate cadastral data; secondly, a shift in focus from land parcels to property objects. Third will be... (read more)
2010-06-28 01:33:15

The Global Cadastre

Improving Transparency in International Property Markets
In our highly connected world, land has become a global commodity. However, systems that support land transactions at a global level are incomplete, lack transparency and remain largely disconnected. As part of the continuing dialogue on Cadastre 2034, the authors ask the question: Is a globally connected cadastre possible?   The term ‘land’ has global resonance; however, agreement on what constitutes ‘land’ is far less certain. Are buildings included? What about the water, carbon, and minerals? Who can ‘own’ it? Can I mortgage my land? Different countries devise different answers to these questions. To operationalise the answers, many make use... (read more)
2013-08-01 02:36:23

Cadastre and Capital

InThe Development of Freedom(2001) Amartya Sen wrote that economic freedom, the freedom to choose between different activities, is fundamental to development. De Soto pointed out inThe Mystery of Capital(2003) that the formation of capital is crucial to the development of a country towards the industrialised western model, and the same author stressed the important contribution of the cadastre. The World Bank and national development agencies have thus supported cadastral projects in many countries. De Soto assumes that accumulation of wealth lies primarily in the appropriation and improvement of land with buildings. The value of land and buildings in western societies... (read more)
2007-08-11 12:00:00
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