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

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

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

Netcad Meets Cadastre Representatives

A high officer from the central office in Dushanbe and regional directorates from Khujand, Kulyaba, Reshd, Gorno Badakhsan, State Geodetic Oversight and Finnmap Turkey and Tajikistan representatives attended to the Netcad Cadastre Solutions workshop in Ankara. The attendees meet with the comprehensive approach and solutions of Netcad for cadastre system from data acquisition to registry and management.   On the first day of the program the delegate visited Turkish General Dierctorate of Land Registry and Cadastre to see the TAKBIS (Land Registry and Cadastre Information System) and Netcad solutions running in the central and regional cadastre offices.On the second day... (read more)
2010-01-04 08:48:23

Reform of Icelandic Cadastre

Well-laid Foundation Ensures Strong Future
Spatial delimitation of ownership rights remains absent from the land-registration procedure in Iceland, resulting in confusion. Increasing value of land has, among other issues, induced the need to move from a partially descriptive cadastre to a fully spatial one. The authors present considerations surrounding how to proceed with reform. Land registration in Iceland is administered by the government through the Land Registry of Iceland (LRI), under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance. At regional level, municipalities and Land Registry offices supplement these bodies. The LRI has a complex role and services many ministries. Land RegistryThe primary function of LRI... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Digital Cadastre in Ukraine

The State Service of Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre in Ukraine has recently achieved a milestone: the unified National Cadastral System was launched in January 2013. For the first time since Ukraine became independent, paper archives were opened and all data on land brought into a single database in electronic form. At the same time the public cadastral map has been opened to the citizens and users. Eurogeographics, the membership association of the European cadastre, land registry and national mapping authorities commented that it already can be said with confidence that the national cadastral system works well. As proof, over 27,000... (read more)
2013-03-20 03:53:02

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
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