How can I contribute to the Land Library?

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

A resource for the Land Library could be:

  • Publications (reports, books, etc.)
  • Videos
  • Audio files
  • Etc. 

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 could I add my resources to the Land Library?

If you have resources that relate to land then you can make them available through the Land Library of the Land Portal. First, check if your collection corresponds with one or more of the Land Portal overarching categories, themes or concepts.

If your resources are relevant for the Land Portal, there are two options to add them to the Land Library. For small amounts of publications, you can create an account and ask us to give you 'contributor' status. Then you will be able to add any publication to the Land Library.

If your organization has a big amount of publications, we can consider to build an automatic importer, that pulls the content from your website to the Land Library. 

If you are interested in add the resources to the Land Library, please fill the Land Library resource provider form in order to boost the integration process or just drop us a line using our contact form.

What metadata of a resource is useful for?

The metadata of a resource is all the information you see on a resource page. This includes (but is not limited to) the following information:

  • Title (text - max: 255 characters)
  • Abstract / Description (Long Text)
  • Authors / Editors / Contributors (people) or Corporate authors (organization)
  • Publisher
  • ID/ISBN/ISSN (text - max: 255 characters)
  • Pages (text - max 255 characters)
  • Duration (text - max 255 characters) (ideally, in ISO 8601 date format)
  • Type of resource (ideally, from this closed list. If there are not from that list, a mapping process will be needed) [could be more than one]
  • Publication date (year, year and month... ideally, in ISO 8601 date format)
  • Language/s of the resource (ideally the ISO 639-1 code) [could be more than one]
  • Geographical focus (areas and countries related) (ideally, the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 code for countries and UN M49 code for areas/regions)
  • Related concepts/topics (ideally concepts, themes and overarching categories from the LandVoc. If there are not from that list, a mapping process will be needed) [could be strings or URIs]
  • Link to the online source (normally in the data provider partner's website)
  • Link to the online document / file to upload (a link or a file)
  • License (ideally from a closed list. If there are not from that list, a mapping process will be needed)
  • Copyright details (like the organization / person that owns the copyrights or a specific copyright statement).
  • Image or thumbnail (a link or a file)

For example, the resource "GLTN/UN-Habitat Youth Led Action Research on Land Commencement Workshop" has the following metadata:


Please check here the detailed documentation for the land portal's metadata schema.


The metadata of my collection of resources is available online. How can we add it ?

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.

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:


How will my data be used?

The Land Library will publish the metadata of your resources. The metadata of each resource may be enriched 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 under the Land Portal while you do not agree that the metadata is published under a CC 4.0 license? Please contact the team with the links to the resources, and we will adjust this immediately.

How can I become a local land hub?


The Land Portal Foundation has local hub partners sharing information from the region or on a particular topic. If you think your organization could contribute to the Land Portal website in a similar way, please contact the Land Portal team.

Do you have more questions? Contact us!

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