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  • Innovative collaboration with Land Portal promotes GLTN content

    Metadata enrichment and implementation of standard vocabulary (LandVoc)


     

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    Speed read: GLTN publications will from now on be more easily accessible on the internet thanks to an innovation successfully championed by the Land Portal Foundation. Implementation of the “Partnership for Land Tool Research and Learning” initiative that ran over a couple of months in 2015 saw the development of a launching pointwithin the Land Portal’s Land Library that was then populated with GLTN-related content. Using a sophisticated tagging system buoyed by a well-researched land use and governance thesaurus, the GLTN publications have now become more discoverable and easier to share among GLTN partners, by land researchers and practitioners as well as by other internet users seeking information and knowledge on land                                                                                                                           

    Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) publications were available on the GLTN website in a way that made their exploration limited to using a search engine tool embedded in the site, which restricted the knowledge base only to this website, and the only way for users to find GLTN publications was to visit the GLTN website. In addition, the system for searching publications only searched for the specific word someone was looking for, not synonyms or translations of those terms, which made it difficult to find publications a user may have been looking for; even if a publication existed, the user may not have been able to find it, as the publication was published using different keywords that could not be identified by the search engine.

    In response, he Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) engaged the support of the Land Portal to make GLTN publications more discoverable on the internet by adopting Linked Open Data standards and exposing and enriching the metadata of the GLTN publications.

    The GLTN Secretariat provided the Land Portal team with a list of 64 publications and their ‘metadata’ – the descriptive information about the document, including resource title, description, authors, themes, etc. The Land Portal Team improved and enhanced this metadata by adding keywords from a standardized vocabulary call LandVOC and included additional standard metadata fields. The metadata is now published on the Land Portal website, where it is uploaded in a Resource Description Framework (RDF) format according to Linked Open Data standards. The link to the resource on the Land Portal page links back to the GLTN website where the original resource is stored. Users can therefore search and filter for GLTN-related publications and resources on the Land Portal and will be redirected to the GLTN website to access the resource or download the complete publication.

    What were the results of these efforts?


    By enriching and standardizing the metadata records for the GLTN resources, the discoverability of the GLTN resources has increased significantly. Much of the added value from this collaboration comes from the standardized and enriched metadata created for the GLTN publications has meant that standardizing the format of GLTN metadata means that any search engine can recognize the information that is published and re-use it freely and present the results to a user/consumer. Moreover, using the word cadaster as an example, the standardized LandVoc thesaurus enables users to find not only the publications related to this word, but also to find resources labeled with synonyms such as ‘land register’ and translations in 22 languages. This also helps search engines to provide users with relevant results related to similar concepts.

    Standardizing vocabulary within the land governance community is of vital importance and will enable people from all over the world to find and use information. The case of the GLTN will provide a model for the rest of the land community, which hopefully will adopt similar practices.

    About LandPortal


    Logo land portal transparenLANDPORTAL.INFOis a premier online destination for information, resources, innovations and networking on land issues. The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking.

     

  • Join the debate on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC)

    GECSharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Supporting Women’s Land Rights:

    A Debate on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC)

    In collaboration with gender-focused organizations that are part of the Rural / Urban Civil Societies Cluster of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the Land Portal is hosting a an online discussion on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) on the Land Portal’s Land Debate. The aim of the discussion is to facilitate a constructive discussion about the experiences and lessons learned in implementing and using the GEC and to share best practices, as well as identify any gaps. This online debate will also familiarize other stakeholders with this GLTN tool, creating opportunities for collaboration and general dissemination of the land tool.

    The debate will address the positive and negative aspects, the challenges faced and the positive outcomes of using such a tool as the GEC, willl explore look at other tools that are available and  will explore any possibilities for enhancing the GEC. The debate will also address the main characteristics of a tool aimed at promoting women’s land rights.

    The discussion is also  being held simultaneously on the OECD’s Wikigender platform and in partnership with the FSN-Forum. It will be facilitated by the International Land Coalition’s gender team. Results of the discussion will be analyzed and transformed into a report that will be distributed widely among land governance stakeholders.

    The debate was launched on January 25, 2016 and will run until February 5, 2016.

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  • Land Portal : Call for Board Members (Applications deadline - 20 December 2016)

    The Land Portal Foundation is recruiting three board members to complement its existing board.

    Land portal 1The Land Portal was set up in 2009 as a partnership project dedicated to supporting the efforts of the rural poor to gain equitable access to land by addressing a fragmentation of information resources on land, which makes it difficult and often prohibitively expensive to draw together reliable evidence in support of programs, advocacy campaigns or policy formulation, especially for grassroots organisations.  In 2014, the Land Portal became an independent foundation based in the Netherlands, with a Board of Directors and a distributed Team. The work of the Land Portal Foundation is based on its vision, values and theory of change.

    The Land Portal works to create a better information ecosystem for land governance, working through a core platform and wide-ranging partnerships, and based on an open development approach. The Land Portal works with cutting-edge linked open data technologies, providing services and support that improve data access, and that build a more inclusive information landscape.  The Land Portal is looking to complement its current board with three additional members. We are looking for expressions of interest from committed and motivated individuals with experience and interest in land issues, open data and open knowledge, ICT for Development. Those with a diverse background, expertise and a disposition towards innovation and social change are encouraged to apply.

    Board members are responsible for supporting the ongoing development and innovation of the Land Portal, as well as to network and promote the Land Portal within existing land, open knowledge and grassroots ICTD communities, and also to link the Land Portal with potential donors and to build the long-term financial sustainability of the Foundation.

    The Board will have the task of:

    • Assuming collective responsibility for financial and legal probity of the Foundation.
    • Attending board meetings either via phone or in person.
    • Reviewing all relevant materials.
    • Reading the board email list (generally low-traffic and limited to matters requiring board specific attention) and responding where specific expertise is needed.
    • Participating in email list votes from time to time.
    • Shaping and overseeing the strategy and operation of the Foundation.
    • Establishing  the Land Portal’s strategy and activity plans and monitoring their implementation.
    • Supporting the Coordinator, overseeing and assessing his/her performance;
    • Mobilizing funding and promoting the Land Portal with donors, governments, etc.
    • Guaranteeing the quality control of the Land Portal and assess its performance.
    • Making a general commitment to promoting the organization and its goals.
    • Dealing with any other matters which may come up.

    More information on how to apply is available here. 

  • The Land and Gender debate comes alive on LANDPORTAL.INFO

    Exploration of the use of the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) 


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    Speed read: The Land Portal started the year 2016 by facilitating a two-week online discussion on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), a flagship GLTN tool that examines the gender responsiveness of land tools. The dynamic debate themed ‘Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Supporting Women’s Land Rights’ that took place between 25 January and 5 February brought together 23 contributors from 15 countries across the world representing civil society, research institutions, professional organizations and multilateral institutions. Using the Land Portal’s Land Debate tool, the discussions that received a great diversity of perspectives demonstrated that both that practitioners and scholars had successfully used the GEC as a research and assessment tool for a wide range of issues ranging from urban land and land administration to natural resource management and family law. The complete transcript of the debate is available here.                                                      

     

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) partners have been developing, disseminating and piloting the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), a flexible framework comprised of 6 criteria and 22 evaluation questions with possible indicators that can be adapted to a wide range of different situations, among a wide range of stakeholders at national and global levels since 2007 at the global and country level.

    Several grassroots women’s organizations, members of the Huairou Commission, tested the GEC during in its initial phase in Brazil (Espaço Feminista), Ghana (Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation) and Nepal (Lumanti). These tests focused on large-scale land tools, municipal master plans, land reform commissions and land administration systems. The International Land Coalition (ILC) also facilitated capacity-strengthening on the use of the GEC for several years through a series of Training of Trainers, supporting its members in Togo, Zimbabwe, and Indonesia to carry out GEC evaluations as part of their country-level work.

    Yet, despite the broad use of the GEC in various circumstances, it had become clear that the GEC would require improvements and simplification in order to encourage wider adoption by grassroots organizations.

    In response, with the support of the GLTN and the Rural/Urban International Civil Societies Cluster, the Land Portal hosted a Land Debate on the GEC with the following objectives:

    1. Gathering lessons and best practices on the usage of the GEC.
    2. Identifying the positive and negative aspects, the challenges faced and positive outcomes of tools like GEC.
    3. Identifying entry points for the adaptation and revision of the tool for up-scaling.
    4. Comparing this tool to similar gender tools used by other communities.
    5. Addressing the main characteristics of a tool aimed at promoting women’s land rights.
    6. Bringing together stakeholders in the land governance community and creating possibilities for synergy.

    The Land Portal engaged with GLTN partners and the entire land governance community to coordinate a dynamic discussion. The discussion resulted in 68 comments from 23 contributors in 15 countries across the globe, representing civil society, research institutions, professional organizations and multilateral institutions who have used the GEC as a both a research and assessment tool for a variety of topics, ranging from urban land and land administration to natural resource management and family law.

    The discussion showed that those who have used the GEC appreciate the flexibility of the framework in assessing land and other laws and policies, and also for assessing the gender-responsiveness of organizations. Flexibility in different cultural context, versatility for use in diverse projects, women’s empowerment and equal emphasis on process and outcomes were identified as positive elements of the GEC. Challenges of using the GEC included too much flexibility, inadequate ability to address private sector issues, bias of traditional leaders and institutions, a lack of time for replication of results, as well as complexity, were identified.

    Consensus among participants was that a distinction should be made between the introduction of required and flexible criteria within the GEC, while increasing adaptability of the tool. Additional ways to improve the GEC that were identified included reinforcing the link between the tool and rural women’s experience, familiarization of government officers and policy makers with the GEC, further dissemination among CSOs, governments and private sector and additional training to reinforce peer-to-peer knowledge exchange.

    How did this discussion affect the GEC?


    The GLTN reportedly incorporated the results of the GEC discussion into its mid-term review to inform further evolution of the tool. The reportof the discussion and the discussion page itself have become online reference tools for how to approach the use of gender evaluation tools.

    About LandPortal


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     LANDPORTAL.INFO is a premier online destination for information, resources, innovations and networking on land issues. The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking.

     

     

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