Open Tenure and Post Disaster Responses

A paper on the potential use of Open Tenure in post-disaster situations was well received at the FIG Working Week 2016 conference held in Christchurch, New Zealand 2 – 6 May 2016. The theme of the conference was the role of the surveyor and allied professionals in reducing disaster risk, responding to disasters, recovery and resilience. 

Key conclusions of the paper were that Open Tenure is a quick to mobilize, affordable post-disaster tool that encouraged community engagement. However, it also concluded: 

  • there is no one technology solution that is appropriate for all post disaster situations,  
  • community engagement should be considered mandatory, 
  • map imagery resolution (including that generated by UAV) needs to be appropriate, 
  • pre-disaster map imagery may be more useful that post-disaster map imagery (but the use of both pre and post disaster imagery is ideal if the two map imagery dat resources are consistently geo-referenced) and 
  • where feasible boundaries mapped by Open Tenure should be defined in terms of physical features identifiable in the map imagery.

For more details read the full paper and paper presentation here

2016 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Presentations

The Land and Poverty conference at the World Bank, Washington DC, was once again used as an opportunity to showcase the SOLA suite of software, to publicize new implementations and new functionality. Unlike 4 years ago when the SOLA software was first introduced to this annual conference, the SOLA software is now well recognized and acknowledged as providing the widest range of tenure and land administration open source software. Open Tenure continues to catch the imagination of both community groups and land administration agencies. This has been heightened by new software extensions that  allow Open Tenure in-the-field collected data to be “bridged” to other SOLA applications including Registry and Systematic.

SOLA presentations and the Open Tenure masterclass can be downloaded from here.

Congratulations to Sheikh Siddy Sowa

Sheikh Siddy Sowa from Sierra Leone completed his SOLA Developer training in Rome last week. Sheikh is the project manager of the SOLA Registry customisation work to implement a system the records, charts and reports on new survey plans within the Sierra Leone Ministry of Lands, Country Planning & Environment being undertaken as part of FAO’s VGGT support for Sierra Leone.


Paola Rizzo, SOLA trainer, and Paul Munro Faure, Deputy Director NRC present Sheikh with his certificate.

SOLA Nigeria Update - November 2015

Last week a team from FAO handed over IT equipment to the Ministry of Lands, Survey & Environment, Katsina State. This equipment was installed within the Ministry to establish a Local Area Network (LAN) and allowed a computerised registration system to be implemented in the Ministry’s Deeds Registration using FAO’s open source SOLA software which has been customised specifically for use in Katsina State.

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Welcome to the new FLOSSOLA website!

Stop a while and take a look around to see what you think. If you have any suggestions or questions related to SOLA, you can share them with community members using our new Community Forum. Please note that if you were registered on the old FLOSSOLA website, you will need to register again on this new site to participate in the community forums.