Last year, land ownership was included in the Open Data Index for the first time. While it is great to see recognition of the importance of this dataset, there are unique challenges with releasing property rights data – from security concerns, quality issues and the fact that sometimes cadastres are maintained at the subnational level. Now, Open Knowledge International and Cadasta Foundation have launched a joint-initiative to better define open data in land for the next publication of the Open Data Index.
We just published our first blog post addressing some of the initial issues we’ve observed barring governments from releasing data on land and would love your thoughts. We would love your feedback on the post and are interested in hearing from both open data and land advocates alike. What datasets on land should governments be responsible for releasing? Where are there particularly open cadastre systems? What about particularly closed ones? What issues have you run into with governments in trying to access this data?
Looking forward to hearing from you!