Land Administration Domain Model from Research to Implementation
An international workshop
On 5 July 2012, the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) was successfully defended − at least in an academic setting. The LADM is the focal point of Christiaan Lemmen’s PhD thesis entitled A Domain Model for Land Administration. As a continuation of this academic event, a workshop was organized to provide a broader audience with a better perception of the topic and afford the opportunity for more detailed discussions.
The international workshop LADM from Research to Implementation – Land Administration Domain Modelling at a Threshold was held on 6 July 2012 at the Rotterdam offices of Netherlands Kadaster. The event was co-organized by Faculty ITC of the University of Twente, the UNU School for Land Administration Studies, Netherlands Kadaster, Delft University of Technology and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). A group of 30 participants from various countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Cyprus, France, Portugal, Macedonia, India, the United Kingdom and Australia, heard about the lengthy and now nearly completed process to institute the LADM as an ISO standard. Stay tuned for more news on this front over the next month or so!
Representatives from software and technology vendors such as Trimble, Thomson Reuters and ESRI were also present at the workshop. Discussions focused on the global context for LADM implementation; the conceptual differences between LADM and STDM; the potential of LADM to support carbon markets and marine environments; the spatial aspects and legal challenges dealt with in LADM (including 3D); and current plans to implement LADM-inspired solutions in Portugal and Cyprus.
Together with developments in 3D cadastres and the acceptance of the continuum of land recording, the LADM represents perhaps the most significant technical development in land administration over the past decade. While the model in itself provides a much sought-after design standard, even more impressive has been its capacity to inspire collaboration, dialogue, shared understandings, and general awareness among land administrators globally. The challenge now is to convince those outside the development process of the importance and utility of LADM in a practical setting.
Presentations from the workshop are available on the following links: www.oicrf.org and http://wiki.tudelft.nl/bin/view/Research/ISO19152/WorkshopLADMPresentations.
(This text is part of a report which will be published in the next edition of GIM International.)