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From Past to Present – Development Patterns for Land Administration Systems (10311)

Pauliina Krigsholm and Kirsikka Riekkinen (Finland)
Ms. Pauliina Krigsholm
National Land Survey of Finland
Corresponding author Ms. Pauliina Krigsholm (email: pauliina.krigsholm[at], tel.: +358504671156)

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Published on the web 2020-02-28
Received 2019-10-01 / Accepted 2020-02-03
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2020
ISBN 978-87-92853-93-6 ISSN 2307-4086


The dynamic nature of land administration systems is widely acknowledged in cadastral literature. This paper uses a multi-level perspective framework (MLP) as a theoretical lens to study historical development of the Finnish land administration system. Four periods are formulated: (1) Land book period, (2) Development of early modern land administration system, (3) Transition to digital land administration system, and (4) New millennium and open data initiatives. Using the concepts of MLP as a backbone, the paper characterizes each period, the biggest changes related to it, as well as the wider societal developments and various niche-level innovations leading to period shifts. By analysing the relationships between societal developments and period shifts, this study aims to recognize patterns for development of the cadastral system. The study increases the understanding of land administration transitions and provides perspectives also to the future development of land administration systems.
Keywords: Digital cadastre; Cadastre; Land management; History; land administration system; land information; multi-level perspective