FIG YSN / UN Habitat-GLTN Joint Awareness Event on the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM)

- By invitation only

29 May 2017 at Messukeskus

In pursuance of developing, testing and disseminating pro-poor and gender responsive approaches with regard to land, innovative land tenure security, affordable land management/administration systems, and land related regulatory/legal frameworks and tools, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), facilitated by UN-Habitat, has developed the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM). STDM is a pro-poor, participatory and affordable land tool for capturing person/s to land relationships cognizant of the continuum of land rights.  STDM, as it stands, seeks to broaden the land administration framework by providing alternative approaches to the institutional, technical and fiscal gap in conventional land administration systems. It is based on open source technologies thus making the tool available to all and the concept adheres to underlying principles of the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) ISO standard.

The session will introduce GLTN and its land tools including STDM. Participants will be taken through its concept, background, implementation process, application areas and be given a short hands-on demonstration of its main functionality. At the end of the event and based on the brief introduction, young surveyors will be invited to share the possible applications of the tool/s in their own country contexts. The event will also provide a platform through which young surveyors, who have been involved in STDM country implementation, to share their experiences. The session also aims to create a pool of young land professionals who will be able to provide the needed technical support for applying STDM at country level.


  1. Introduce GLTN land tools, and in particular the technical aspects, purposes, mainstreaming, adoption and probable piloting and roll out of STDM tool.
  2. Promote conceptual awareness of the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) and its application, at scale.
  3. Provide an overview of the main functionality of the STDM tool and potential use cases.
  4. Share country level experience in the tool implementation. 
  5. Encourage interaction and future networking for in-country application of land tools by GLTN and partners.


Time Activity Facilitator
09:15 – 09:30
  • Welcoming remarks
  • Introduction of participants
  • Walkthrough of programme
Eva-Maria Unger,
FIG Young Surveyors Network
09:30 – 10.00
  • Overview of GLTN 
  • STDM overview – concepts and implementation
Oumar Sylla
Danilo Antonio,
UN Habitat GLTN
10:00 – 10:30

STDM technical walkthrough:

  • Installation
  • Overview of STDM modules
  • Data types and formats in STDM
John Gitau,
UN Habitat GLTN
10:30 – 11:00 Health Break  
11:00 – 12:30
  • Orientation to household enumeration questionnaire
  • Data customization options in STDM
  • Data management options:
    • Administrative units
    • User-defined entities
    • Attaching evidence-based supporting documents to records
John Gitau,
UN Habitat GLTN
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch Break  
13:45 – 15:30
  • Preparation of aspatial data
  • Importing spatial and aspatial data into STDM
  • Digitizing spatial units
  • Managing social tenure relationships:
    • Defining social tenure relationship
    • Querying social tenure relationship
    • Editing social tenure relationship
    • Deleting social tenure relationship
John Gitau,
UN Habitat GLTN
15:30 – 16:00 Health Break  
16:00 – 17:00
  • Designing document templates such as reports, certificates, membership cards
  • Generating reports using templates
John Gitau,
UN Habitat GLTN
17:00 – 17:15
  • Discussions and reflection
  • Closing
Eva-Maria Unger,
FIG Young Surveyors Network