The Land Portal
- Making sense of land statistics and gender (08.03.2016)
- Women’s Land Rights Can Help Grow Food Security (14.03.2016)
- Interview with Bettie Fortuin, farm worker in South Africa representing the Women on Farms Project (02.04.2016)
Land Portal Pioneers Linked Open Data for Land Governance
December 10, 2014, Rome, Italy
Today, the Land Portal launches an innovative and collaborative Open Data platform that combines data about land issues from diverse and credible sources around the world, enabling easy data exploration, manipulation and customization.
Land rights fundamentally underpin economic, social and environmental sustainability, yet land governance in many countries fails to protect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, leaving them at a permanent disadvantage and in a state of instability.
How land is governed, from land rights for pastoralist and indigenous peoples and women to control over large-scale land acquisitions, is a crucial ingredient to improving the livelihoods of the 1.2 billion people currently living in poverty.
In response, the Land Portal aims to become the leading online destination for information, resources, innovations and networking on land.
The vision of the Land Portal is to improve land governance for the benefit of those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.
The new Land Portal is a pioneering hub for ‘linked open data’ on land – non-proprietary data that uses semantic tools to share and connect data, information and knowledge. This enables the Land Portal to publish structured data in machine readable, standardised formats under open licenses that can be reused by anyone.
“By bringing land information together in one place, the Land Portal is able to actively address gaps in information, while providing a range of ways for the information to be accessed, shared and reused,” says Laura Meggiolaro, Coordinator of the Land Portal. “This will increase the effective use of information and ultimately will lead to better decision making on land governance.”
The Land Portal Hub is the site’s central entry point, providing access to the primary Land Portal services, including the Land Book, Land Debate and the Land Library.
The Land Book
The Land Book presents a visualization framework that enable users to compare and correlate data over time on land use, land-related investments, land tenure, gender, food security, socioeconomic status and many other indicators.A strong synopsis of the available data is expected to support more inclusive and sustainable approaches to economic and social development.
One of the pioneering features is the Data Widgets assistant that permits users to create personalized visualizations from Land Portal data, including the ability to add multiple countries for each indicator, choose multiple graphs styles and change colors and labels. Widgets may be downloaded as images, shared via social media or embedded in other websites.
Another innovative feature of the Land Book is the ability for users to extract and reuse data, including tools to embed and repurpose information on their own websites through a Linked Open Data store.
The Land Debate
Land Debate encourages and stimulates dialogue and debate on land issues among land experts and practitioners worldwide. Land Debate includes a platform for discussions, a blog, as well as the latest news and information on land issues from around the world.
Thanks to the generous support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), whose support will fund the Land Book, and the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Land Portal will increase its focus on localisation of content creation and use over the next three years, emphasizing the integration and curation of material from developing countries.
The Land Portal recently evolved from a project of the International Land Coalition, and has been established as the Land Portal Foundation under Dutch law, led by an independent board. The University of Groningen in the Netherlands will serve as the administering organization for the Land Portal.
What can you do?
The portal enables all users to:
- quickly and easily search multiple databases at the same time;
- find reliable and updated information by country and theme;
- explore, reuse, manipulate, cross, correlate a variety of licensed open data; and
- share knowledge by uploading and validating content using a range of formats.
The portal also helps people connect and collaborate with a vibrant user community, join thematic working groups and build collective actions.
- December 2014:Launch of the new Land Portal
- December 2014: Online discussion on Women and Family Farming – Moving Forwards from the IYFF (10-24 December)
- December 2013: Online discussion on Land titling in Peru: what future for women’s tenure security? (2-13 December)
- February 2013: Online discussion on Connecting people, sharing knowledge, increasing transparency… (6-20 February)
- October 2012: The Land Portal integrated the FAO Gender and Land Rights Database on its website. Integration of the FAO Gender and Land Rights Database into the Land Portal .
- The Land Portal’another online discussion on How can pro-poor sustainable land tenure be secured? A discussion on communal vs. individual land rights took place in July 2012.
- 1 March 2012: ILC, the FAO and IFAD are organising a side-event entitled “How can women’s land rights be secured? Learning from successful examples” at the CSW on 1 March 2012. Chaired by FAO, this side event is aimed at bringing together representatives from Government, the UN system and other international organisations, civil society organisations, academia and grassroots women to share and learn from experiences of how to secure women’s land rights and support women in negotiating and obtaining rights to land. Read more.
- 23 Jan – 6 Feb 2012: ILC facilitated an on the Land Portal.
- 15 October 2011: The Land Portal celebrates 2011 International Day of Rural Women