Land Library Resource Types | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

The Land Portal's Land Library contains highly curated metadata of over 50,000 land-related publications, articles and multimedia from well over 1,000 information providers.

In order to combine these different databases that the Land Portal harvests metadata from, the Land Portal has consolidated certain elements from these different databases to fit one standardized metadata model in the Land Portal's Land Library.

One of the elements in metadata about resources that the Land Portal curates, is the type of resource. Many organizations and information providers use different terminologies to describe the types of resources they publish. The Land Portal has therefore created several broad categories of resource types, to be able to consolidate these various classifications.

Below you can find the list of resource types the Land Library uses, along with a short description of what is meant with each category.


By types of resources

  • Institutional & promotional materials (592)

    Institutional and promotional materials for an organization, such as annual reports and brochures.

  • Journal Articles & Books (14,728)

    Under this resource type, typically you will find land-related information with a more scientific approach. Examples... more

    • Peer-reviewed publication (1,256)

      A peer-reviewed publication is a subcategory under Journal Articles & Books, in the sense that it is an article... more

  • Legislation & Policies (1,865)

    Besides publications and articles about land governance, the Land Library also hosts country-level laws and policies... more

    • Agreements & Contracts (385)

      The final Legislation & Policies subcategory is Agreements & Contracts. This subcategory includes metadata... more

    • Constitution (329)

      A constitution is the highest level of national legislation. Many countries have included land-related provisions in... more

    • International Conventions or Treaties (107)

      The Land Portal identifies International Conventions or Treaties as a subcategory of Legislation & Policies.... more

    • Jurisprudence (13)

      With jurisprudence, the Land Portal identifies case law, or law that has been established by the outcome of former... more

    • Legislation (7,268)

      With the legislation subcategory, the Land Portal identifies any formal laws on a national level. A formal law is... more

    • National Policies (409)

      A policy is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol, accepted and implemented on... more

    • Other legal document (42)

      While the Land Portal prefers to avoid using a category such as "Other" in metadata - since it does not provide a... more

    • Regulations (8,005)

      Regulations is used as the general term for lower-level law (below a constitution or statutory law). The category is... more

    • UN Resolutions (6)

      A United Nations resolution (UN resolution) is a formal text adopted by a United Nations (UN) body. Although any UN... more

  • Manuals & Guidelines (429)

    The Manuals and Guidelines-resource type on the Land Portal brings together all the types of resources that aim to... more

  • Multimedia (451)

    The multimedia category is fairly self-explanatory in the sense that it contains all non-bibliographic resources... more

    • Maps (18)

      For a topic as land governance maps are an extremely important tool. Many organizations and information providers... more

    • Videos (71)

      The Land Portal hosts many interesting videos related to land governance. These can be embedded in the pages or... more

  • Policy Papers & Briefs (3,608)

    The Policy Papers & Briefs resource type is meant for publications and resources that contain policy directions... more

  • Reports & Research (9,838)

    Reports & Research is a resource type for publications where research was involved in establishing the report,... more

  • Training Resources & Tools (450)

    This category includes resources on different types of tools and strategies to address land governance issues as... more

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