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ItemAssessing the worldwide comparison of cadastral systemsRAJABIFARD, ABBAS ; Williamson, Ian P. ; STEUDLER, DANIEL ; BINNS, ANDREW ; King, Mathew (Elsevier, 2006)There is growing interest internationally in land administration and cadastral systems and especially in their role as part of a national Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). The important role the cadastre plays in supporting sustainable development is also well recognised. Both developed and developing countries accept the need to evaluate cadastral systems to help identify areas of improvement and whether their systems are capable of addressing future needs. Countries are continually re-engineering and implementing various aspects of the cadastre, comparing systems and trying to identify best practice within nations of the same socio-economic standing.In order to address this need, members of a team from the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration at the Department of Geomatics, the University of Melbourne, with the support of the United Nations Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP) and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), have developed a cadastral template. The template aims to assist the evaluation and benchmarking of cadastral systems and the role they play in spatial data infrastructures.This paper aims to outline the concept and theory behind the cadastral template as well as analysing the results from 34 completed country templates. Several indicators have been used to analyse and benchmark countries cadastral systems, results of which will contribute to an improved understanding of the complex relationship between cadastral, land administration system and National SDI initiatives. This will also enable a worldwide comparison of cadastral systems, forming the basis for best practice and a tool to improve national cadastral systems.
ItemEvaluation of land administration systemsSTEUDLER, DANIEL ; RAJABIFARD, ABBAS ; Williamson, Ian P. ( 2004)Currently there are no internationally accepted methodologies to evaluate and compare the performance of land administration systems. This is partly because land administration systems are in constant reform, and probably more importantly, they represent societies’ different perceptions of land. This paper describes the development of a framework to measure and compare the performance of land administration systems. The research is of particular relevance since it develops a management model which links the operational aspects of land administration with land policy.
ItemA worldwide comparison of cadastral systems: cadastral templateSTEUDLER, DANIEL ; Williamson, Ian P. ; RAJABIFARD, ABBAS ( 2004-05)While many country reports and descriptions have been compiled in the area of land administration over the last ten years, there has not much attention been given to the basic cadastral issues and the role of cadastres in national spatial data infrastructures. PCGIAP-Working Group 3 "Cadastre" together with FIG-Commission 7 "Cadastre and Land Management" has developed a joint cadastral template that has so far been filled out by 32 countries. This project is one of the first to collect descriptions of national cadastral systems on such a broad basis and to have them publicly accessible on the Internet.The PCGIAP-Working Group 3 "Cadastre" has two aims for the period 2002-2004. One is to facilitate a workshop for the development of an appropriate generic "cadastral template" for country profile analyses describing the status of national cadastres and land administration systems. The second aim is to facilitate discussion on marine cadastres. This article, however, will focus on the cadastral template.The workshop for the cadastral template has been held in July 2003 prior to the 16th UNRCC-AP and the 9th PCGIAP meeting in Okinawa, Japan and has been organized with the support of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration from the Department of Geomatics of the University of Melbourne in Australia. The design of the cadastral template itself has been established in close collaboration with Commission 7 "Cadastre and Land Management" of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), which has extensive experience in comparative cadastral studies.