Open Data x Land Governance: Reflections from the Last Five Years | Land Portal

Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global partnership to advance the creation of locally-driven and sustainable open data ecosystems around the world. OD4D uses an ecosystem approach to build the local supply of quality open data, and improve its use by leaders and innovators in government, civil society, the media and business. As a global data collaborative, OD4D is scaling open data approaches that work, improving transparency and accountability, service delivery, and the well-being of the poorest and most marginalized.

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4 November, 13:00-14:30 GMT / 14:00 - 15:30 CET 


It has also been almost five years since Data for Development published the first edition of The State of Open Data. D4D is launching a new process to update the State of Open Data to reflect how the open data agenda has shifted to reflect the pandemic and global developments since the first edition.

The Land Portal is responsible for updating the chapter on Open Data and Land. To kick off the process, we are chairing a roundtable to gather perspectives on the recent use and impact of open data in the land governance sector. 

In our roundtable, we will anchor the discussion around the key questions or issues that have emerged  since the State of Open Data land chapter was published in 2019:

  • Recent progress in open land data.The links between the open data and land communities have developed and matured significantly in the last four years. The strengthening of this mutually beneficial relationship enables work across sectors and includes a recognition of the role of land governance as a precondition in addressing sustainable development.
  • Open land data for what purpose? While open land data at the global level is still scarce, opening up data for its own sake has limited utility. The land sector should continue to focus on open data as an enabler for the provision of services and land management functions. We need to build value in open land data initiatives for all stakeholders – government, communities and the private sector.
  • Whose data? The differing needs and interests of data producers and users require careful consideration of the social, political and economic objectives of open data initiatives. At the same time such initiatives should balance privacy and equity concerns when making land information ecosystems more open.
  • Evolution, not revolution.Reviewing the development over the last five years, change has been evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Going forward there are several key initiatives in which progress must be continued. More needs to be done to refine open land data benchmarking. The second major challenge is to anchor the process of opening up data on land management functions.


  • Laura Meggiolaro, moderator, Land Portal
  • Charl-Thom Bayer, Land Information Management and Advocacy Consultant, Land Portal
  • Dr. Pamela Robinson, co-editor of The Future of Open Data (2022), Toronto University, Canada 
  • Nicolás Grossman, Research and Data Lead, Global Data Barometer
  • Kristen Rose, Research Associate at the Open Government Partnership

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