Work Package 8 (WP8) titled Capitalize has reached a major achievement with the project deliverable 8.1 being submitted and released. This deliverable covers the design of the appropriate business model and the definition of the business plan, which aims at developing a sustainable business model for the dissemination and commercialization of the land tenure recording technology suite, which is the outcome of the project. Using the results from the project work packages 2 to 7 (WP2 – WP7) Key Exploitable Results (KER) were produced which can be offered to the land administration sector in East Africa and other developing countries. The results are categorized as consultancy services (C) or as software tools (S) and consist of the following (for more information, click on the tool name):
|(C)||Needs Assessment||consultancy services for needs assessment||WP2|
|(S)||Smart Sketchmap (Smart SkeMa)||data collection tool smart sketchmap is a tool to record aspects of people to land relationships where the spatial component is captured using hand drawn sketch maps and described in a qualitative way (not surveyed) and then automatically transformed for further usage in a GIS||WP3|
|(C)||UAV-based Data Acquisition||consultancy services for UAV-based data acquisition for land tenure recording||WP4|
|(S)||Semi-automatic Visible Boundaries Delineator||a tool that facilitates image-based cadastral mapping by extracting visible boundaries automatically and by supporting the delineation procedure||WP5|
|(S)||Publish and Share||a system platform with integrated tools to publish and share land information||WP6|
|(C)||Governance and Capacity Building||consultancy services to apply the governance and capacity development models for the use of the its4land geospatial tools||WP7|
The its4land land administration toolbox concept has been chosen to bundle the KERs together. Software tools or consultancy services can be offered separately or jointly, depending on requirements and needs.
On the basis of this toolbox concept the Lean Business Model was chosen because it is well suited to start-ups which are not responding to the mass product market. This business model will bring the project results, which would have reached Technology Readiness Level 7 (TLR 7 – prototyping), on the market prior to investing in further development of the software tools in order to reach the Technology Readiness Level 9 (TRL 9 – the complete operationalization of the actual system).
The its4land software tools were developed using open source technologies which are viable, workable, and respond to the needs identified in work package 2 (WP2) of the its4land project. They can be initially released on the market at TLR 7, because being open source they are highly adaptable – and hence responsive.
The business plan which has been developed for the its4land toolbox puts emphasis on the implementers and integrators of the land administration projects which are considered as the main potential customers of the toolbox. Other customer segments will also be observed and targeted.