News in 2013
STDM – Introduction to a pro-poor land information system
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2013
On 23rd September 2013 the Social Tenure Domain Model has
been introduced in Malaysia. The pro-poor land information system was
welcomed by a group of 35 land professionals and experts. Most of the
participants were from Malaysia but the event also attracted participants
from other countries.
The Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) is a concept and
tool developed by UN Habitat Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) in close
co-operation with FIG. It builds on the Land Administration Domain Model
(LADM). STDM is a new way of thinking in support to poverty alleviation and
in serving the needs of the poor related to tenure security and land issues.
The Social Tenure Domain Model is highly flexible and can
include all people to land relationships: formal, informal and customary.
The land-objects concerned can be represented in the system as points (to
identify structures in slums), as a set of lines or as polygons. The parties
concerned can be persons, groups of persons, co-operations or other
entities. Overlapping claims can be included. Identification of objects can
be done from imagery or from other source documents and photos.
Eva-Maria Unger from the FIG Young Surveyors
Network opened the event and explained the activities of the network and
gave a general introduction of the event. The STDM concept was briefly
introduced by Christiaan Lemmen. Focus in this introduction was on the representation
of spatial units. Mr John Gitau introduced the software tool and
guided through the installation processes. Together with John the
participants walked through the functionalities and prepared data sets:
names and ID’s of parties and spatial units – linked by social tenure
relationships. Further functionalities like digitizing and document
management were explained in the afternoon session. Throughout the day the
participants have been assisted during the application by Rohan Bennett.
The day was closed with a lively discussion on the
usability of STDM for different stakeholders and a general feedback on the
concept and the tool itself. FIG President Teo CheeHai once more
highlighted the importance of the STDM. All participants received a
certificate for their participation in this STDM - Introduction to a
pro-poor land information system event.
The event was organised in conjunction with the 5th
International Workshop on the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM2013),
held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24th and 25th of September 2013.
The organisation was possible with the support of
UN-Habitat and FIG; the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), the
Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM), the Association of
Authorised Land Surveyors Malaysia (PEJUTA); the University of Twente (ITC),
Delft University of Technology and Kadaster, Netherlands.
Many thanks to Prof Alias Abdul Rahman and
Zurairah Binti Abdul Halim, from UTM and to their team of young
surveyors in Malaysia for their excellent support and help in the
organisation of this successful day!
Eva-Maria Unger, FIG Young Surveyors Network
John Gitau, UN-Habitat/GLTN
Christiaan Lemmen, Kadaster/ITC Twente University
The participants at the event
Lively discussions between the participants
The FIG Young Surveyors Network Malaysia with the Organising Team of the
24 September 2013