FELA-based geospatial knowledge infrastructure

randon Tourtelotte, Katie Picket, Kees de Zeeuw

FIG Working Week 2023

We live in an era where it can feel like an overwhelming task to address climate change, conflicts, population density, and increasing poverty and inequality. Good land administration and tenure security is a basic requirement for governments and societies to address these challenges. The nine strategic pathways of the UN-GGIM’s Framework for Effective Land Administration (FELA) provide guidance for the design and evaluation of Land Administration Systems. To develop a Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration System, the legal, institutional, and geospatial framework should be developed in parallel and in balance. While great developments have taken place in this regard, to make the next steps in nationwide implementations, there is a need for a strong Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure on Land Administration. The key findings of the GKI Geospatial Readiness report include the need for (1) trusted and authoritative foundation data (such as Cadastre), and (2) technology architecture to make this data available for use. We envision a Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure on Land Administration implemented through the Framework for Effective Land Administration. Such a Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure on Land Administration will be capable of addressing these two key needs, and this is the main purpose of this paper, and we will give some consideration to the community building needed for this infrastructure in various aspects. International, national, and local networks are considered as well as the interlinkage between those networks. A Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure on Land Administration is much more than creating a community of practice with networks and events. The capturing of expertise in tools and software is part of it, as well as the introduction of scalable, secure, locally contextualized solutions. Geospatial technology can help us address both of the Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure findings mentioned above. Innovation and capacity building for land administration practices should become a collaborative responsibility with public-private partnerships and a flow from and between high-, middle-, and low-income countries through networks, tools, and expertise. The Framework for Effective Land

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