How can I contribute to the Land Library?

If you would like to contribute land-related resources to the Land Library, you are very welcome to do so. This is completely free of charge!

You can upload documents through by signing up to the Land Portal. As a Land Portal user, you can fill in the Land Library resource form per resource - which altogether makes the metadata of your resource.

Want to integrate a big database?

Do you have a great amount of resources to add to the Land Library? Then we might consider building an automatic importer (a technical module) that automatically pulls in metadata from your website onto the Land Library.

This process requires some technical implementation on your website. Unsure what this means? Click here for more information. If you are interested to link your database to the Library through an importer, please fill the Land Library resource provider form.

What are the benefits of contributing to the Land Library?

  • Join an active community working to address land issues at the global and local level
  • Expand the dissemination of your work by attracting new visitors from the Land Portal to your site
  • Enable the reuse of your content through the Land Portal's Linked Open Data (LOD) interface 

How do I know if my information is relevant for the Land Library?

The Land Library is a virtual repository with a great variety of document types all relating to land governance and property rights. If you are unsure whether your information is relevant for the Land Library, please check the following checklist:

  • Your resource is related to land and land governance issues. Click here to see whether your resources fits within these LandVoc Overarching Categories, Themes and/or Concepts.
  • Your resource is a publication, policy document, multimedia item or any of the resource types mentioned here.
  • Your resource is openly available without any payment barriers or log in restrictions. The Land Portal advocates for a strict Open Data policy
  • Your resource has not already been uploaded to the Land Library. Search for the resource title here to double check.
  • That's all!

How will my information be used?

The Land Library publishes the metadata of resources. The metadata of each resource may be enriched to comply with Open Data standards during the import process.

All the metadata records published on the Land Portal are available under a Creative Commons 4.0 license* and available as Linked Open Data.

*Are your resources published on the Land Portal while your metadata should not published under a CC 4.0 license? Please contact the team with the links to the resources, and we will adjust this immediately.


Can an importer between my website and the Land Library be built?

An importer is a technical module that automatically harvests metadata between databases. The Land Portal Foundation builds importers to aggregate metadata from websites that have such large databases that they cannot be added manually.

Are you curious whether your website could be suitable for such an importer? We need certain information from you in order to determine this:

  • What kind of metadata model do you have on your website?

In order to determine whether we can build an importer, we need to determine whether our metadata models are sufficiently aligned that they can be linked without manual intervention. Click here to read more about the Land Portal metadata model.

  • What kind of Content Management System is implemented on your website? 

If your website uses a standard Content Management System (CMS), such as Wordpress, Drupal or CKAN, maybe it is possible to direct add them using its API capabilities. Please make sure to mention this when you contact us by email.

  • Do you have your metadata available in another format?

If you have the metadata available in an spreadsheet (Excel, CSV...) or your system supports protocols like OAI-PMH, or provides a RESTful API or SPARQL endpoint that publishes the metadata records, please be sure to mention this as well when you contact us. Our IT staff will contact your system administrator in order to find the best way to include your resources in the Land Library.

Currently, we have develop some importers from format such as:

Contact us!

If you would like to explore further whether an importer between your database and the Land Library is possible, please contact us through our resource provider form.

Do you have more questions? Contact us!

Please email the Land Library team here to inquire how to proceed.