Cadasta Foundation

Reviving Documentation of Property Rights

Cadasta Foundation is dedicated to the support, continued development and growth of the Cadasta Platform – an innovative, open source suite of tools for the collection and management of ownership, occupancy, and spatial data that meets the unique challenges of this process in much of the world.

We provide the tools and resources for testing new approaches to capturing land and resource rights data and promoting the adoption of ‘fit-for-purpose’ technology and processes. Incorporated as a non-profit, federally-recognized 501(c)(3) organization, Cadasta Foundation aims to simplify, modernize, and expedite the documentation of land and resource rights in places where it does not exist today.

Our Approach

  • A secure, cost effective global platform for the direct capture and documentation of land and resource rights.
  • A collaborative ecosystem of partners using the Cadasta Platform to protect land and resource rights.
  • A research and resource portal for the open sharing of knowledge, best practices and the use of our tools.

Cadasta Foundation Resources

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Reports & Research
December 2016

Across most contexts, government data sources on land are largely inaccessible, from land administration data, such as parcel data and ownership information to land investments, contract data and even policy information. In considering data on property ownership specifically, the latest version of the Open Data Barometer shows only two countries, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, obtained a full 100% score on the topic of Land Ownership. When this land administration data is made available, it is commonly made public via a web portal rather than as open data.