Geo-information Management for Land administration

Learn to use geo-information management to develop cadastral maps, land registries, and other types of land records that help people secure their land tenure and resolve land conflicts.

Land is at the basis of all societies. However, more than 70% of land parcels in the world aren’t included in formal land registration systems. In the specialisation in Geo-Information Management for Land Administrations, you will learn to develop responsible land administration systems that document and map people-to-land relationships. Without such systems, authorities and communities don’t know who owns what, residents don’t have security of tenure and can lose their land or get evicted at any time. All countries need an efficient land administration system in place: this is a core function of each country. In this specialisation you will learn to manage land rights, restrictions, and responsibilities using (3D) cadastral data, UAV data processing, and geo-information modelling.

dr. Dimo Todorovski, Lecturer Land Administration

Let’s say, you are buying a new property with a loan or you have a parcel boundary problem with your neighbours. You can’t solve it without a proper land administration system in place. Registering and mapping land is crucial for the functioning of the state (or community) and the well-being of its people, and you will learn how to do that in the specialisation.

dr. Dimo Todorovski, Lecturer Land Administration

Master's Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation

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What is Geo-Information Management for Land Administration?

How can you use geospatial technologies and innovative methods to increase land tenure security, create efficient land markets, and support land development? What about preventing situations that hamper local and national economic development? For example, how can rural areas be demarcated, so the people who live there can easily access and cultivate their land? Or how to solve a case in which farmers can’t cultivate a land because of an urban expansion? In the specialisation in Geo-Information Management for Land Administration, you will apply Fit-For-Purpose land administration to solve these and similar issues. The approach combines three core frameworks: the spatial framework, using aerial and satellite data; the legal framework, learning about land tenure, land rights, and land laws in urban and rural settings; and the institutional framework, ensuring transparent land information with easy and affordable access for everyone.

Examples of courses you will follow during this specialisation:
  • How to secure land rights for everyone? In the course Responsible Land Administration, you will gain the necessary knowledge about land tenure, land rights, land law, security of tenure, land registration systems, and cadastre.
  • What are the fundamental concepts of designing a land administration system? In the course Land Information Systems and Models, you will learn to apply and assess these concepts to create and maintain a scalable land information system. 
  • In the course Cadastral data acquisition technologies and dissemination methods, you will gain hands-on experience applying a variety of geo-information methods based on aerial, UAV, LiDAR or mobile data, and 3D cadastres, which are essential for creating, maintaining, and disseminating land information.

Thanks to the collaboration with the The Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, you will be able to use its know-how and get to implement in practice what you have learned during your theory classes. What’s more, you will work on various real-life problems and solutions such as collecting data from a field using drones, so you can determine property boundaries. Then, you will create a map projection and a textual database with information about the owner and the parcel of the land: for example, is it a just a yard or a fruit garden, is there a forest or an urban area around? Also, you will create a model of your home country's cadastre: who are the actors and how do they communicate and deliver services to citizens and other stakeholders?

What will you learn?

As a graduate of the Master's in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation with a specialisation in Geo-Information Management for Land Administration, you have acquired specific scientific knowledge, skills, and values that will help you in your future career.


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