Rural communities in Kenya and Ethiopia sketching maps

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

The its4land team reports The University of Munster tag-team of Malumbo Chipofya and Sahib Jan went on a field work marathon in Kenya and Ethiopia from 21st June 2017 to 30th June 2017. From the duo's perspective [...]

Gaining valuable insight in Ethiopian information needs

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

At the end of June, Katholic University Leuven, in collaboration with local partner, the Institute of Land Administration at Bahir Dar University, conducted its data collection for the ‘Get Needs’ work package in Ethiopia. The [...]

Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research

July 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

What: Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research – Close Range Sensing Techniques in Alpine Terrain. Where: Obergurgl, Austria When: 16 - 22 July, 2017 Who: Sophie Crommelinck, University of Twente, Netherlands Why: International summer school on innovative practical [...]

Towards Automated Cadastral Boundary Delineation from UAV data

July 15th, 2017|0 Comments

What: Towards Automated Cadastral Boundary Delineation from UAV data - a new its4land report. Where: directly download the report or visit the 'Automate It' section of the its4land website. When: July 2017 Who: Sophie Crommelinck, Michael Ying [...]

UAVs for Land Rights – A Guide to Regulatory Practice

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

What: Deliverable 4.1 of work package 4, 'Fly and Create', is ready: a Guide to Regulatory Practice Where: Here When: 29 June 2017 Who: Claudia Stöcker, Rohan Bennett, Francesco Nex, Markus Gerke, Connie Schmidt, Tarek Zein Why: In order [...]

LANDac conference with its4land presentations

July 1st, 2017|0 Comments

What: LANDac conference - Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development Where: Utrecht, Netherlands When: 29 - 30 June, 2017 Who: Sophie Crommelinck and Mila Koeva, University of Twente, Netherlands Why: Scientific conference of land-related researches and activists with a focus on [...]

FOSS4GNL – its4land reports

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

What: FOSS4GNL Where: Groningen, Netherlands When: 28 June, 2017 Who: Sophie Crommelinck, University of Twente, Netherlands Why: Get-together of Dutch developers, users, and managers of open-access geographic information systems (GIS) such as QGIS. The objective was to network with people working [...]

Getting up-to-date on drones regulations and legislation at Drones East Africa Conference 2017

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

What: Drones East Africa Conference 2017 Where: Nairobi, Kenya When: 20 - 21 June, 2017 Who: Connie Schmidt, Esri, Rwanda Why: Connie Schmidt of Esri, Rwanda, partner in the its4land project, attended the conference to get up-to-date on [...]

Video footage of maiden flight DT-18 UAV

June 20th, 2017|0 Comments

What: Video footage of the first data capture with the DT-18 by the University of Twente team Where: Aamsveen, Germany When: January 20 2017 Who: Claudia Stocker and Watse Siderius (UT) Why: Back in January, we spent a news [...]

ISPRS Workshop: sharing experiences on automated feature extraction from high resolution imagery

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

What: ISPRS Workshop Where: Hannover, Germany When: 6 - 9 June, 2017 Who: Sophie Crommelinck, University of Twente/ITC, Netherlands Why: To attend the workshop to share the progress on work package 5: 'Automate It',  which aims to exploit the imagery [...]

Report back from IST-Africa 2017 Conference

June 4th, 2017|0 Comments

What: IST-Africa 2017 Conference Where: Windhoek, Namibia When: 31 May-2 June 2017 Who: John Horn, University of Twente/ITC, Netherlands Why: The 2017 IST Africa conference was held in Windhoek, Namibia over the period 31st May to 2nd June. Within [...]

New QGIS plugin for detecting field boundaries tested during its4land workshop

May 27th, 2017|0 Comments

What:  its4land organised a workshop to test its newly developed QGIS plugin capable of delineating field boundaries Where: University of Twente/ITC, Enschede, Netherlands When: Tuesday 23 May 2017 Who: 14 volunteers Why: 14 volunteers, all MSc or PhD students from [...]

WP3–Field visit to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Sahib Jan and Malumbo Chipofya from Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster teamed together with Berhanu Kefale Alemie of Institute of Land Administration (ILA) Bahir Dar University for a week of information dissemination, networking, and [...]

Review of the current state of UAV regulations

May 7th, 2017|0 Comments

What: a new publication from the its4land project on the current state of UAV regulations around the world. Where: Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 459; http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/9/5/459 When: May 2017 Who: Claudia Stöcker, Rohan Bennett, Markus Gerke, Francesco Nex, Jaap Zevenbergen. Why: UAVs—unmanned aerial [...]

its4land – Period 1 – European Commission Review

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

What: its4land – Period 1 – European Commission Review Where: Leuven, Belgium When: 21st April 2017 Who: EC Review Panel, Georges Lobo, its4land MT (and special guests) Why: A one day review corresponding to the first reporting period took place [...]

Report on 2017 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

What: Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty Where: Washington D.C., United States When: 19-21 March 2017 Who: Tarek Zein (Hansa Luftbild, Germany), Rohan Bennett, Mila Koeva, Jaap Zevenbergen (University of Twente/ITC, Netherlands), Joep Crompvoets, Serene Ho (University of [...]

its4land present at the 6th Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) Workshop

March 24th, 2017|0 Comments

What: The 6th Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) Workshop Where: Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands When: 16-17 March 2017 Who: Mila Koeva, Carline Amsing Why: two presentations on its4land were held during the LADM workshop: ‘Remote sensing [...]

Welcome Mila Koeva!

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

What: Mila Koeva joins its4land team as New Project Coordinator Where: Enschede, Netherlands When: 31 March 2017 Who: Mila Koeva & Rohan Bennett Why: From March 2017, Dr. Mila Koeva is joining the its4land team as the new Project Coordinator. [...]

WP5 – Automate It – 2 New Publications!

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

What: WP5 Dissemination - Publications x 2* Where: Remote Sens. 2016, 8(8), 689; doi:10.3390/rs8080689 + Remote Sens. 2017, 9(2), 171; doi:10.3390/rs9020171 When: August 2016 and February 2017 Who: Sophie Crommelinck, Rohan Bennett, Markus Gerke, Francesco Nex, Michael Ying Yang and George Vosselman Why: The first [...]

Meeting – its4land 2017 Plenary

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

What: its4land 2017 Plenary Where: Leuven, Belgium When: 8th March 2016 Who: Everyone! 🙂 Why: Look back on 2016, discuss and debate the current state-of-play, and case forward to 2017

WP4 – UAV comparisons and GCP tests

March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

What: The UT WP4 team flew the area around the monastery Gerleve together with Dirk Ohnsorge  - the pilot from HansaLuftbild. The weather was perfect – sunny and no wind. The area is a bit undulated [...]

WP4 – Kenyan UAV @ TUK

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

What: WP4 DT-18 Arrives @ TUK Where: Nairobi, Kenya When: 8th March 2016 Who: Robert Wayumba, Gordon Wayumba, Peter Odwe, George, Beatrice Why: As part of WP4, like other Eastern African partners, TUK receives at Delair Tech DT-18 fixed-wing UAV [...]

WP4 – its4land @ Responsible Robotics Event

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

What: Responsible Robotics - International Workshop Panels and Policy Drafting - http://responsiblerobotics.org/humanitarian-drones-wrapup/ Where: Den Haag, Netherlands When: 7th and 8th March 2016 Who: Claudia Stoecker Why: Presenting lessons from its4land and its use of UAVs in developing contexts to the 'Responsible [...]

WP3 – Smart Sketchmap Data Capture

February 26th, 2017|0 Comments

What: WP3 Kenyan Data Capture Where: Kajiado and Nairobi, Kenya When: 26th February to 10th March Who: Malumbo Chipofya, Jan Sahib, Gordon Wayumba, Robert Wayumba, Peter Odwe, and a whole host of others Why: Dialogue and data capture [...]

WP2 – Kenyan ‘Get Needs’ Fieldwork

February 26th, 2017|0 Comments

What: WP2 Kenyan Fieldwork Where: Kajiado and Nairobi, Kenya When: 26th February to 10th March Who: Serene Ho, Gordon Wayumba, Robert Wayumba, Peter Odwe, and a whole host of others Why: Fieldwork for needs assessment in Kajiado case locations with [...]

Meeting – its4land MT9

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

What: its4land MT9 Where: Online (participants from Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Rwanda, and Kenya) When: February 16th 2017 (14:00 - 16:00 CET) Who: its4land MT members Why: January fieldwork and mission plans, update on responses to EC recommendations, planning for Year 1 review [...]

WP4 – UAV Exploitation & Dissemination

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

What: its4land MT9 Where: Aamsveen, Germany When: 31st January 2017 Who: Claudia Stoecker, Watse Siderius, Mila Koeva, + 23 student MSc participants from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, China, Nepal, amongst many others Why: Flight planning and data capture trials for [...]

WP2 ‘Get Needs’ finalises in Rwanda

January 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

What: WP2 - Get Needs - Rwandan Workshops and Data Collection Where: Kigali, Rwanda When: 23rd January 2017 - 2 February 2017 Who: Serene Ho, Mireille Biraro, and Team-INES Why: Serene Ho took the reigns of WP2 back in July and [...]

WP4 Flew and Created – DT-18s get to work

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

What: WP4 UT-team captures first data with DT-18s Where: Aamsveen, Germany When: January 20 2017 Who: Claudia Stocker (UT), Watse Siderius (UT) Why: After the arrival in December 2016, the UT UAVs got their maiden flights on January 20 in [...]

WP4 Kenyan and Ethiopian UAV Training, Toulouse, France

January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

What: UAV Pilot Training 4 BDU, TUK, and HL Where: Toulouse, France (Delair Tech Headquarters) When: Monday 9th - Friday 13th - January 2017 Who: Berhanu Alemie, Robert Wayumba, Peter Odwe, Dirk Ohnsorge Why: We need to get pilots trained [...]

WP2 joins forces with Carline Amsing

December 16th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Collaboration for WP2 Where: Netherlands and Belgium When: September 2016 - March 2017 Who: Carline Amsing, Rohan Bennett (UT), Serene Ho (KUL), Malumbo Chipofya (WWU), and Jaap Zevenbergen (UT) Why: WP2 has jumped at the chance to work with [...]

WP4 UAVs hit UT (…not literally)

December 13th, 2016|0 Comments

What: UAVs arrive @ UT Where: Enschede, Netherlands When: 13th December 2016 Who: Claudia Stocker, Francesco Nex, and Sophie Crommelinck Why: As part of WP4, Fly and Create, UT also takes possession of the same model UAV, a Delair Tech DT-18, [...]

Meeting – tech4land 4.0

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Tool Interface Workshop 2.0 for WP3, WP4, WP5, and WP6 Where: Munster, Germany When: December 05 2016 Who: Malumbo Chipofya (WWU), Carl Schulz (WWU), Christian Timm (HL), Tarek Zein (HL), Sophie Crommelinck (ITC), Michael Yang (ITC) [...]

Kenya – High-Level Land Administration Delegation Visits its4land @ Enschede

November 25th, 2016|0 Comments

What: High-Level Delegation of Kenyan Land Administrators Visit its4land @ Enschede Where: Enschede, Netherlands When: Wednesday November 30 2016 Who: Institute of Surveyors Kenya, Kenyan Ministry of Land and Physical Planning, National Land Commission, and Council of Governors [...]

Meeting – its4land MT7

November 24th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land MT7 Where: Online (participants from Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Rwanda, and Kenya) When: Thursday 24th November 2016 (14:00 - 16:00 CET) Who: its4land MT members Why: Responding to EC interim recommendations, fieldwork planning and contingencies, [...]

Rwanda – UAV Training Course 4 Land and Natural Resources

November 12th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Rwanda - UAV Training Course Where: Kigali, Musanze When: October 30 - November 12 2016 Who: Mireille Biraro (INES), Francesco Nex (UT), Rohan Bennett (UT), Anton Vreiling (UT), + 20 ITC alumni Why: In a side-project, closely linked with [...]

Kenya – ‘Get Needs’ Fieldwork Underway

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Kenya - Needs Exploration Where: Nairobi and Kajiado When: October 30 - November 10 2016 Who: Serene Ho (KUL), Ine Buntinx (KUL), Gordon Wayumba (TUK), Robert Wayumba (TUK), Peter Odwe (TUK) Why: Serene and Ine from KUL, along with Gordon [...]

Rwanda – ‘Get Needs’ Fieldwork Underway

October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

What: Rwanda - Needs Gathering and Training Course Where: INES Ruhender, Musanze, Rwanda When: October 30 - November 10 2016 Who: Serene Ho (KUL), Ine Buntinx (KUL), Francesco Nex (UT), Rohan Bennett (UT), Mireille Biraro (INES), Placide (INES), [...]

Meeting – tech4land 3.0

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Tool Interface Workshop 2.0 for WP3, WP4, WP5, and WP6 Where: Enschede, Netherlands When: October 24 2016 Who: Malumbo Chipofya (WWU), Carl Schulz (WWU), Claudia Stocker (UT), Rohan Bennett (UT), Christian Timm (HL), Tarek Zein (HL), [...]

Meeting – Advisory Board 1

October 13th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land - Advisory Board Meeting #1 Where: Online (participants from Ethiopia, USA, and Netherlands) When: October 17th 2016 Who: Rohan Bennett (UT), John Horn (UT), Esther Hondebrink (UT), Frank Pichel (Cadasta.org), Grenville Barnes (SFRC), Judy Kariuki [...]

Meeting – its4land MT6

October 13th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land MT6 Where: Online (participants from Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Rwanda, and Kenya) When: Thursday 13th October 2016 (14:00 - 16:00 CET) Who: its4land MT members Why: Fieldwork planning and contingencies, feedback from EC, upcoming deliverables, UAV flights [...]

WP4 – Training, UAVs, Delair Tech, Toulouse

October 10th, 2016|0 Comments

What: UAV training 4 its4land staff Where: Toulouse, France When: October 10-14 2016 Who: Claudia Stocker (UT), Watse Siderius (UT), Connie S (ESRI), Placide N (INES) Why: Training of trainers. its4land staff from WP4 are getting a full [...]

its4land Interim Review – European Commission

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land - European Commission Interim Review Year 1 Where: Brussels, Belgium When: October 07 2016 Who: Georges Lobo (EC), Koen Meuleman (KUL), Dubravka Sladić (Novi Sad), Rohan Bennett (UT), Markus Gerke (UT), John Horn (UT), Serene Ho (KUL), Joep [...]

WP2 – Workshop on Research Instruments and Applications

October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

What: WP2 Where: Leuven, Belgium When: Thursday 06 October (whole day) Who: Serene Ho (KUL), Joep Crompvoets (KUL), Bruno Broucker (KUL), Valerie Pattyn (Leiden), Ine Buntinx (KUL), Rohan Bennett (UT), Markus Gerke (UT), Claudia Stocker (UT), Sophie Crommelinck [...]

WP4 Seminar – Fly and Create Mini-Kick Off & PhD Qualifier

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Fly and Create (Mini-Kick Off & PhD Qualifier) Where: Enschede, Netherlands When: September 07 2016 Who: Claudia Stoecker (UT), Francesco Nex (UT), Rohan Bennett (UT), George Vosselman (UT) Why: 'Fly and Create' - Work Package 4 [...]

Welcome Aboard – Michael and Serene

September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Over June and July, its4land welcome two new staff members: Dr. Michael Yang (UT) and Dr. Serene Ho (KUL). Both will play key roles in the project. Serene takes the lead role in designing, coordinating [...]

Automated and Underway

September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Work Package 05 'Automate It' officially got underway on August 01 2016. The package is hosted by ITC with PhD researcher Sophie Crommelinck playing a key role in reviewing, assessing, designing, and testing new approaches [...]

Sketch-to-Metric Map Alignment PhD Success

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

its4land researcher, Malumbo Chaka Chipofya, from the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Muenster successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on 15th July 2016. Malumbo's dissertation, titled "Sketch-to-metric map alignment by qualitative spatial constraint matching", [...]

WP5 Seminar – Automate It Mini-Kick Off & PhD Qualifier

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

What: Automate It (Mini-Kick Off & PhD Qualifier) Where: Enschede, Netherlands When: September 01 2016 Who: Sophie Crommelinck (UT), Michael Yang (UT), Rohan Bennett (UT), George Vosselman (UT) Why: 'Automate It' officially started booking hours on August 01. Key researcher, [...]

Kenya – Field Visit from WP3

July 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Field visit to Kenya yields valuable insights for smart sketch maps solution From 25th July 2016 to 29th July 2016, Technical University of Kenya (TUK), the Kenyan partners in the its4land consortium, hosted researchers from [...]

Kenya – Kick-Off Meet & Greet

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land kick-off meet and greet event with Kenyan end-users and beneficiaries Where: Narok and Kisumu, Kenya When: July 2016 (TBC) Who: Gordon and Robert Wayumba (Technical University of Kenya), Joep Crompvoets (KU Lueven) and Monica Lengoiboni (University of Twente), and its4land stakeholders Why: Network [...]

WP4 UAV Trials – Germap

July 4th, 2016|0 Comments

What: UAV Trials - Germap Where: Amtsvenn, Germany When: 4th July 2016 Who: Claudia Stoecker (UT) Why: ‘Fly and Create’ – Work Package 4 – is checking out the most fit-for-purpose UAV options for the planned work in Ethiopia, Rwanda, [...]

WP4 UAV Trials – Delair Tech

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

What: UAV Trials - Germap Where: Toulouse, Germany When: 28th and 29th June 2016 Who: Claudia Stoecker (UT), Markus Gerke (UT) Why: ‘Fly and Create’ – Work Package 4 – is checking out the most fit-for-purpose UAV [...]

Meeting – tech4land 1.0

June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

What: Tool Interface Workshop for WP3, WP4, WP5, and WP6 Where: Munster, Germany When: June 20 2016 Who: Angela Schwering (WWU), Malumbo Chipofya (WWU), Carl Schulz (WWU), Claudia Stocker (UT), Sophie Crommelinck (UT), Markus Gerke (UT), Michael Yang (UT), [...]

Rwanda – its4land/EALAN Collaboration

May 26th, 2016|0 Comments

What: East African Land Administration Network  (EALAN) - Research Strategy & Workplan Writeshop Where: Musanze, Rwanda When: 23-27 May Who: Mireille Biraro  (INES), Robert Wayumba (TUK), Daniel Ambaye (BDU), Rohan Bennett (UT), and Monica Lengoiboni (UT) Why: We're helping out [...]

its4land @ FIG2016

May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

What: International Federation of Surveyors - 2016 Working Week Where: Christchurch, New Zealand When: 1-5 May 2016 Who: Rohan Bennett (University of Twente) Why: Rohan will showcase its4land on a presentation on knowledge chain innovation. More: FIG2016

Rwanda – Kick-Off Meet & Greet

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land kick-off meet and greet event with Rwandan end-users and beneficiaries Where: Musanze District, Rwanda When: 23-25 April 2016; 23-27 May 2016 Who: Mireille Biraro (INES), Joep Crompvoets (KU Lueven), Rohan Bennett and Monica Lengoiboni (University of Twente), and its4land stakeholders Why: Network [...]

Ethiopia – Kick-Off Meet & Greet

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

What: its4land kick-off meet and greet event with Ethiopian end-users and beneficiaries Where: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia When: 23-25 April 2016 Who: Berhanu Alemie (Bahir Dar), Joep Crompvoets (KU Lueven) and Tarek Zein (Hansa Luftbild), and its4land stakeholders Why: Network and [...]

its4land @ UN-GGIM

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

What: Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Where: UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia When: 20-22 April 2016 Who: Joep Crompvoets (KU Lueven) and Tarek Zein (Hansa Luftbild) Why: Joep will [...]

Kick-Off Day in Enschede

February 26th, 2016|0 Comments

[its4land] team members and project stakeholders, totalling 29 participants, converged on Enschede, Netherlands, home of the ITC Faculty of the University of Twente - on 26th February 2016, to kick-off the project. Georges Lobo, the [...]

We’re kicking off!

February 17th, 2016|0 Comments

The official kick-off meeting for [its4land] is on 26th February 2016 - at the ITC Building, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands. All consortium partners will be represented - as will representatives from the European Commission. [...]

‘Get Needs’ gets going

February 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

'Get Needs', [its4land] work package 2, is underway! The project consortium gathered at ITC University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands, on February 2nd 2016, to unpack the work package - and get the collaborative process moving. [...]