ISO Standard for Land Administration Approved

Field training exercise in the use of STDM in a slum settlement in Uganda.

The recent approval of  Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) as a global standard for land administration and land information by ISO/TC 211 members  marks a milestone in the development of land administration systems.

Now, information generated from Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) a pro-poor land rights recording system and a specialization of LADM known as can be easily shared, transferred and operated in various systems and information protocols. With this global standard in place, open source communities, commercial developers and database programmers can now develop land administration and information systems that can be easily shared to allow more user-friendly and efficient data exchanges. As a result, All forms of tenure rights including informal and customary, can be seamlessly integrated into one system for easier access.

“We would like to congratulate the Federation of International Surveyors (FIG) and University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) and other key partners for taking the leadership in the development and promotion of the Land Administration Domain Model. This is indeed a landmark triumph for the land sector,” said GLTN lead, Clarissa Augustinus.

UN-Habitat through the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) has been supporting the development of LADM since its inception alongside the development of STDM.