At the Land Portal, we are in the business of building an information ecosystem for land governance that supports better informed decision and policy making at national and international levels. We realize that these concepts are often difficult to grasp, and that the linkages between open data and land rights are not exactly commonplace “dinner table” talk. Unlike improving access to food and nutrition for children, or humanitarian crises, land rights in general and moreover, open data in relation to natural resource issues, can not only be challenging to communicate, but difficult to understand.  In order to show the importance of this, rather than explain using jargon and terminology that creates disconnect, we have designed a section of the Portal which documents real impact in the form of stories.

The Impact Stories section will be periodically updated with new content, and will cover stories from all regions.  More specifically, the section aims to critically assess where we do well in terms of using open data for improved land rights, but also, where we can be doing better.  This is essential in us moving forward as a sector, together. Stories will touch on questions such as the following: Is technology beneficial to the landless? What means of communications are best suited for getting the land rights agenda to the right people? How can the Land Portal support in this? These, of course, are but a few of the themes to be explored and we promise to keep our stories short and engaging!

Our ultimate goal is to show that, no matter how big or small organizations are, or where work is being carried out, going open data essentially means being able to amplify voices and supports in communicating about land rights.  How this is done and how effectively we are carrying out these processes is what the impact stories will force each and every one of us to think about.

We hope that you enjoy this new addition to our Portal! If you have questions or comments, feel free to get to us at hello@landportal.org 

 

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