SIGIT: an Information System for Integral Approach of Land Management: an LADM Implementation in Honduras and Guatemala

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In a new and integral land management approach in four municipalities in Honduras and Guatemala the Land Administration Domain Model has been used as a tool in support to system development for land administration. A pilot implementation for municipal information infrastructure in four municipalities (Puerto Cortes, Omoa and Tela in Honduras and Puerto Barrios in Guatemala) should test improved management of geographic information. Data should be published on the web for web access by citizens, a one stop shop has been introduced, and integration of data at different levels avoids data duplication. Very important impact of improved access is in building trust by more transparency. New work procedures have been defined and implemented and the information system SIGIT (Sistema de Información Gestión Integral de Tierras) has been designed and implemented supporting these concepts. Apart from forming the basis for sustainable land transactions and land use planning, the SIGIT can be supportive to a situation where all citizens in a municipality pay the land tax and where land-possession can be converted to legal land ownership. SIGIT operates as a one-stop shop at the municipal side. The design of SIGIT is based upon the Land Administration Domain Model ISO 19152 to manage the cadastre and land use planning data from this point of view. To meet the requirements additions to the LADM were designed. The LADM additions to implement SIGIT in Honduras and Guatemala are necessary to store extra information about spatial zones, parcels and buildings as required by the municipalities during development. Furthermore, the information regarding building and operation permits, with their respective user-defined spatial and administrative rules, were out of scope of LADM. Therefore, the corresponding additions were necessary as well. The paper provides an overview of the SIGIT goals and requirements, the design and development. Within this context the focus is to the use of the LADM and its modifications for SIGIT development and a short evaluation of the LADM as a tool for development.


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