Land information systems (LIS) are systems for acquiring, processing, storing, and distributing information about land. They provide for secure land tenure and support land valuation, land use planning and land development. Whilst the design of LIS must align to the context where they are to be applied, there are fundamental concepts that apply to all land information systems. The main objective of this course is to discover, apply, and assess these concepts and technologies – and inspire students to deploy them in the creation and maintenance of scalable real-world LIS in cross-organizational settings.
Based on the systems development life cycle, students will study all phases, starting from enterprise architectures, gathering user requirements, applying tools for modelling use cases for software and database development (MDA-Model Driven Architecture, UML-Unified Modelling Language, LADM-Land Administration Domain Model), software development methodologies, querying and managing spatial databases, deployment, implementation and ending at maintenance. A prototype LIS will be developed, focusing on data modeling, multi-user editing, data sharing, and dissemination.
The certificate course in Land Information Systems and Models is a specialized course for young and mid-career professionals who want to gain knowledge and skills in developing and managing land information systems. As part of Continuous Professional Development this course is particularly suited for professionals from ministries, cadastral offices, land offices, public administration, municipalities and land registries. For other professionals, such as land lawyers, land economists, land use planners, land taxation officers, land surveyors and IT professionals, completion of this course will offer new career perspectives. For those of you considering pursuing an Master's (MSc) or Postgraduate diploma programme in Land Administration at a later stage in your career, attending this short course you will give you a good introduction.
Based on the systems development life cycle, students will study all phases, starting from enterprise architectures, gathering user requirements, applying tools for modelling use cases for software and database development (MDA-Model Driven Architecture, UML-Unified Modelling Language, LADM-Land Administration Domain Model), software development methodologies, querying and managing spatial databases, deployment, implementation and ending at maintenance. A prototype LIS will be developed, focusing on data modelling, multi-user editing, data sharing and dissemination. For the practicals and assignments, state-of-the-art software and real-life data-sets are used.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- explain the role of information systems for land administration
- apply methods for the design of LIS (user requirements, use cases)
- apply modelling tools for the development of LIS (MDA, class diagrams, UML)
- design a simple prototype LIS
- demonstrate transactions in a prototype LIS
- evaluate the challenges of LIS in cross-organizational environments.
Studying at ITC offers you an international academic environment, with great opportunities for networking and sharing experiences.
International renowned staff and academics in the field of land administration are involved in lecturing and student supervision. Prof. Christiaan Lemmen is a leading scientist in the domain of land administration world-wide. He plays a key role in international organizations and professional networks such as GLTN-UN Habitat, FIG and the World Bank. Together with Dr. Paul van Asperen and Dr. Javier Morales, they bring a wealth of scientific, professional and teaching experience to the course participants.
The cooperation with the Netherlands Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency provides a unique foundation for the course. If you are interested in developing and improving land administration systems within the context of your own country’s land management and legal framework, this is the right course for you.
Completing this short course will give you new perspectives and career opportunities. It opens doors for other job opportunities within the broader land administration domain, and in particular related to the design and management of land information systems.
Land officers, land surveyors, land administrators, system designer/engineer/architect, academia.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course.
Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing the name, and if applicable, all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states: the course code, subject, EC credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.
This certificate course is part of the accredited Master’s Geo-information Science and earth Observation at ITC. If you decide to take the full Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, the Examination Board will give you in principle exemption from the course you followed successfully as a certificate course.
Academic level and background
Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.
Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.
Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.
The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.
If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test.
Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.
English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.
TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)
TOEFL Internet-based Test
British Council / IELTS
C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced
Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.