Socioeconomic Potential of Land Administration Services - WPLA Workshop 21 - 23 May 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark

The aim of the workshop was to investigate the socioeconomic potential of land administration services and to share experiences and present new and alternate use of open and interoperable property data. The WPLA workshop was successfully  hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Danish Geodata Agency.

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Socioeconomic Potential of Land Administration Services

WPLA Workshop 21 - 23 May 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark


The workshop was hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Danish Geodata Agency. Its aim was to investigate the socioeconomic potential of land administration services and to share experiences and present new and alternate use of open and interoperable property data. Especially Danish case stories on plans and experiences were presented together with other initiatives to increase access to data. The workshop also examined the socioeconomic effects of well functioning land registration services and the effects of effective land administration services building on open and standardized property data. Key note speaker Jens Krieger Røyen, the Danish Basic Data Program noted that Denmark is right now in the middle of the open data program and that it has been “bigger than we though it would be and more complex both in regulation and in practice. It is complicated but definitely worthwhile”. One of the main question is “what data is good enough – and what is it going to be used for”.

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Nearly 100 participants were gathered to the workshop that was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. FIG was represented by FIG President CheeHai Teo and FIG Manager Louise Friis-Hansen. Furthermore, FIG Vice President Chryssy Potsiou participated as the Greek member, and she is furthermore member of the Working Party Bureau.

FIG President CheeHai Teo gave a presentation under the headline “Socio­economic Impacts of Interoperable Land Administration Systems” on “Modernising Land Agencies Budgetary Approach (CoFLAS): Costing and Financing of Land Administration Services in Developing Countries” that UN-Habitat/GLTN is developing in cooperation with FIG. The background for CoFLAS is to develop a useful and practical methodology (tool) whereby the costing and financing of land administration services in developing countries can be reformed and modernized with a view to enabling the agencies provide cost effective, efficient, sustainable and affordable services.

The Danish Geodata Agency successfully organised this workshop.


15 July 2014


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