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Open Up Guide for Land Governance

Governments rarely publish their primary land tenure, use, value, and development data in open and reusable formats. Yet land is a critical global asset, and land governance — the exercise of political, economic, and administrative authority over land — should include processes for citizens to participate. Publishing open data on land governance has known barriers. In some cases, reliable, formal land tenure data does not exist at all or is not in digital form. Metadata is inadequate. Governments are hesitant to publish data that may include sensitive personal information. 

The Open Up Guide for Land Governance is therefore a practical resource to be used by governments from developing countries to publish land-related data to improve data quality, availability, accessibility and use for improved citizen engagement, decision making and innovation. It sets out:

  • Key datasets for land management accountability, and how they should be collected, stored, shared and published for improving land governance and transparency;
  • Good data policies and frameworks;
  • Existing gaps or challenges in the policies and frameworks; and
  • Use cases from real-life examples to illustrate the potential impact and transformation this type of data can provide in local contexts.

“There is an open data revolution happening now,” says Laura Meggiolaro, Team Lead of the Land Portal, “and the Land Portal is transforming the landscape for land governance data. We are proud to co-launch this new, highly researched Open Up Guide in collaboration with our colleagues at GIZ and the Open Data Charter.”     

The Land Portal complements this work by assessing how OPEN land data is in various countries -- to know more, check the State of Land Information.

Read the Open Up Guide for Land Governance Click to see the research methodology overview
        
        

 

Related content:

LandLibrary Resource

Open Up Guide for Land Governance, Version 2.0 (following public comments)

Manuals & Guidelines
Setembro, 2021
Global

The Open Up Guide on Land Governance is a resource  aimed to be used by governments from developing countries to collect and release land-related data to improve data quality, availability, accessibility and use for improved citizen engagement, decision making and innovation. It sets out:

  1. Key datasets for land management accountability, and how they should be collected, stored, shared and published for improving land governance and transparency;

Event

Land Governance Data: 1st Stakeholder Meeting Dakar, Senegal

16 Março 2022

Piloting the Open Up Guide for Land Governance in Senegal


The stakeholder workshop, which will take place with select stakeholders in Dakar, will introduce the first phase of the "Open Up Guide for Land Governance" project in Senegal; identify networks and stakeholders in the open land data sector; and increase awareness regarding open data in the land sector.

Land Portal Foundation
Open Data Charter
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Blog post

Top 3 Challenges in Opening Up Land Data, excerpt from the Revised Open Up Guide to Land Governance

25 Outubro 2021
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
The excerpt highlights the top three challenges any government faces in opening up their land data. Navigating these challenges is a top priority for the Land Portal as we begin to collaborate with national governments to put the Open Up Guide into practice.
Blog post