Cadasta Blog

05
Nov

Cadasta Leads Update of OpenGovGuide Land Chapter

Over the past month we have been assisting the Transparency and Accountability Initiative in updating the land section of the OpenGovGuide, originally drafted by Global Witness. The updates are centered on updating relevant cases studies, expanding the focus to include urban land issues, and to contextualize how the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure can be implemented, as they had only just been endorsed by the Committee on Food Security when the OpenGovGuide was originally drafted.

25
Oct

Cadasta at The Open Government Partnership Summit

Thea and I are looking forward to attending the Open Government Partnership Global Summit this week in Mexico City, even arriving early to participate in the Extractives data dive hosted by NRGI over the weekend.  The OGP Summit provides an opportunity to collaborate with members of civil society, government and business to discuss, and learn from, real world examples of how openness can improve public services, drive economic growth and reduce poverty, while making governments more accountable. 

05
Oct

NRGI & Cadasta: Mapping Resource Contracts

Frank Pichel, CPO & Robert Banick, Consultant

Cadasta Foundation and NRGI collaboratively reviewed a subset of annotated contracts from ResourceCountracts.org to identify the range of possibilities in spatial definition of agreements, to extract & map concession areas, and to define processes for automating the mapping of extractive contracts when possible. Consultancy recommendations are presented in this report and will be incorporated into ResourceContracts.org.

25
Sep

XOXO: Technology and Values

Kate Chapman, CTO

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend XOXO, a festival and conference celebrating independent film, art, and technology in Portland, OR. It was an amazing opportunity to hear people I've admired from afar speak in person such as Zoe QuinnKirby Ferguson (Everything is a Remix), and Alex Blumberg (Startup Podcast and Gimlet Media). I also discovered people and projects I hadn't heard about before, but will certainly be following in the future such as C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics) and The Toast. In the midst of all of this amazing content, the talk that most struck a chord with me was from Eric Meyer.

24
Sep

The Sustainable Development Goals: Land Tenure & Measurable Outcomes

Frank Pichel, CPO

For years, governments, civil society, and multi-lateral organizations have worked to build consensus regarding what sustainable development means and how it can be measured, in preparation for establishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The 17 goals and 169 targets outlined in the SDGs are intended to set the agenda for international development over the next 15 years and to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of 2015. The final document is expected to be adopted during the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York September 25th – 27th.

10
Sep

New Additions to the Development Team

Kate Chapman, CTO

Cadasta keeps growing, and we couldn't be happier. Two new additions to the software development team are joining us to help build out the platform as we approach our first version release. We're honored to welcome Chandra Lash and Ian Ross to the team!

03
Sep

Cadasta’s Teambuilding Retreat

Lindsay Oliver, Communications Specialist

In early August, the Cadasta team gathered in Portland to collaborate on larger projects and celebrate the milestones we've achieved in the six months since the launch of the organization. It was exciting to have everyone together for the first time, and to get to know my team not just as colleagues, but as people.

05
Aug

Cadasta & Spatial Dev Partnership

Lindsay Oliver, Communications Specialist

We are pleased to announce that Cadasta and Spatial Dev are joining forces to build out our technological platform for documenting and asserting land rights. Spatial Dev builds user-centric software tools focused on leveraging meaningful data. Their team will be building the initial release of the Cadasta platform as we build out our engineering team and bring them up to speed. We'll be taking over development for later iterations of the platform.

30
Jul

How a Map Can Change the World

Tina Arreaza, Associate, Investments | Property Rights, Omidyar Network

This article, How a Map Can Change the World: State of the Map 2015 Conference Emphasizes the Role of Geospatial Data for Property Rights, first appeared on Omidyar Network. It is reposted here with permission.

22
Jul

Drones and Aerial Observation: A Primer (And a Review)

Kate Chapman, CTO

Imagery can serve as an important starting point in delineating land claims. There are multiple options for obtaining imagery, including existing free imagery (typically from governments), purchase of commercial imagery from satellite providers, aerial collection by aircraft, and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones).  As part of Cadasta's overall technology strategy, I've been looking into what is available and most appropriate for our partners depending on their specific needs. I'm excited to be attending the launch today of the New America Foundation's drone primer with the support of the Omidyar Network.

18
Jun

Block Chain for Land Administration

Frank Pichel, CPO

Over the past year, Bitcoin has come to the public's attention as an alternate, or cryptocurrency, due largely to significant swings in value and its linkage to sites like Silk Road, the black market of the internet . While the focus on Bitcoin has been mostly on its potential impact to the banking and finance world, the most interesting component of it just might be a component of its inherent architecture - block chain. 

05
Jun

Mapping Our Way to the Big Apple

Kate Chapman, CTO

Frank and I are off to New York City this weekend for the annual State of the Map US Conference (SotM-US). SotM-US is the annual OpenStreetMap US hosted conference, and this year it's being held at the UN Headquarters. While the venue excites me, the content is really what I'm looking forward to. For context, OpenStreetMap is an online project to create a free map of the entire world that anyone can contribute to. It works similarly to Wikipedia - and contributors are using the project for all sorts of incredible applications. This weekend we'll be seeing some of these talks about building OSM communities, the technology behind it, related projects, and different use cases.

03
Jun

The Power of the Network

Noel Taylor, CEO & President

I was fortunate enough to have recently participated in the Omidyar Network Executive Forum (ONEF), as well sitting on a panel discussing “crowdsourcing everything” at the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Global Digital Forum, both in San Francisco. Generally speaking, the participants at these two events couldn’t have been more different in their missions, but at the same time they couldn’t have been more similar in the ways many of them are going about achieving those missions.

22
May

Imagery as a Commons

Kate Chapman, CTO

My first notable interaction with imagery of any type was 15 years ago in my "Introduction to Imagery Interpretation" class as part of my geographical studies. Our teacher told us that we were special because we could observe and analyze objects from above, instead of the on-the-ground frame of reference most people were limited to.

16
Mar

Making People Count

Peter Rabley, Director of Property Rights Investments, Omidyar Network
Noel Taylor, CEO & President, Cadasta

Sometimes the toughest problems can be tackled by the simplest of solutions.

Consider Makena. She is a bright, energetic 13 year-old who lives with her family in Kibera in Nairobi – the largest urban slum in Africa. Like every adolescent girl in the world, Makena is at a critical life crossroads where her next few years will probably determine the rest of her life. Will she be able to stay in school? Will she become a doctor, a lawyer, a carpenter, or a mechanical engineer? Will she be able to make choices about her own life? Or, will she be forced to drop out of school?

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