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We are thrilled to welcome six new staff members to the Cadasta team: Caroline Moh, Kelly Liang, Leah Kellenberger, Siphiwe Komwa, Sunil Ghimire, and Sydney...
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We are thrilled to welcome Tony Piaskowy to the Cadasta team as the Global Programs Director. Tony comes to Cadasta with more than 15 years...
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In the very first week of my internship at Cadasta I had the opportunity to attend one of the biggest international development conferences in the...
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We are thrilled to welcome three new summer interns to the Cadasta team: Shreya Choudhury, Anna Freestone, and Patrick Lovelace.  Shreya Choudhury joins us from India...
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Cadasta is thrilled to be participating in the 2019 Interaction Forum. As the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the United States, Interaction mobilizes...
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I have worked for more than 14 years in the geospatial industry collecting, analyzing, and managing data of all sorts, including traffic information and imagery...
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With the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference around the corner, the Cadasta team is working hard to embody the conference theme of Catalyzing...
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Dear Cadasta Community and Friends, As our days turn colder and darker in our part of the world this winter, it is a great time...
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We are thrilled to welcome three new staff members to the Cadasta team: Asaf Even-Paz, Katie Pickett, and Michele MacMillan. Asaf Even-Paz joins as our...
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The Theory When we set out to build Cadasta in 2015, our goal was to make it easier than ever to digitize and modernize the...
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Imagine for a moment that you do not have secure rights to the house you live in. Imagine living without a title, deed, or lease...
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Few people dispute the transformational impact of the “green revolution” in agriculture that eradicated famine in countries from Mexico to India just over 50 years...
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A quote by author and radio host Earl Nightingale sums up Cadasta’s current challenge perfectly: “Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between...
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Of the many exciting features and updates associated with Cadasta’s new partnership with Esri, Story Maps stands out. Story Maps is an Esri-supported application that...
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Esri, the global market leader in GIS, was founded as Environmental Systems Research Institute in 1969.  While land use consulting was at its core, the...
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Since our founding, Cadasta has focusing on being the leading provider of technical tools and services to support the documentation of land and resource rights...
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Through the project “Maji Ya Amani”, Water for Peace in Swahili, ZOA International intends to revive an existing irrigation scheme created in the nineteen fifties...
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WASHINGTON (Landscape News) – What do land rights have to do with building the investment case for sustainable landscapes? According to land administration specialist Frank...
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With the 2018 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference around the corner, the Cadasta team is looking forward to connecting with colleagues from near and...
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The History of Creating Paper Maps Surveying has played a vital role in state building and the development of orderly human societies since the earliest...
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Summary: From determining seed and fertilizer needs, to service delivery and tax planning, area calculations play a critical role in a number of key land...
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Efforts to improve the agricultural production of hundreds of millions of subsistence farmers around the world like Liberia’s Kou Berpa have – for the most...
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A critical shortage of surveyors is slowing down the documentation of land around the world – a vital step in reducing poverty. Frank Pichel reveals...
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Want to sell your property in a developed economy? Put up a for sale sign. Want to keep your property in an emerging economy? Put...
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Which human rights are the most important? Ask this question in a developed economy and you will likely hear: the right to freedom of speech, religious...
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The vast majority of the world’s poorest citizens do not have documented rights to the land they rely on or the home they live in....
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The Future of Property Rights initiative believes that property rights matter and that technology can play a critical role in helping countries accelerate the pace of property...
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There is a lot of data out there, but which data do users need to solve their issues? How can we, as an external body,...
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In advanced industrial countries we take much infrastructure for granted, such as cadastres with plots mapped at survey grade. In many countries, however, more than...
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For the last decade, the international development community has – at great expense – repeatedly and unsuccessfully worked to create sustainable large-scale and cost-effective modern...
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As more than 1,000 global leaders in land rights gather in Washington DC this week for the annual World Bank Land and Poverty conference, there...
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An estimated 70 percent of land in emerging economies is undocumented. In rural areas, from Chad to Cambodia, a majority of smallholders farm without the...
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A functioning land administration sector is the foundation of a national economy, critical for economic growth. Unfortunately, effective land registry and cadastral systems with national...
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Are you tech savvy and interested in gaining experience in the open source movement? Apply for Cadasta Foundation’s 12-week paid internship. Cadasta is a global...
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One-third of people on the planet don’t have documented rights to the land on which they rely. The Cadasta Foundation creates tech to allow communities...
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From now until January 2017, you can join individuals and organisations around the world in assessing the quality and availability of data from national governments. The...
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Dozens of the world’s experts on land and open data participated in an on-line discussion aimed at raising awareness of the relationship between open data...
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  The palm oil sector is at a crossroads. Despite growing awareness of its massive effects on deforestation, the largely unregulated and decentralized industry has struggled to...
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Google us. You’ll learn where both of us live, went to school and worked. You can even learn our political affiliation. All of this is...
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One of the biggest challenges in identifying the potential benefits of open cadastral and land registry data stems from the fact that there are very...
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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for GIS for the uninitiated) conference held in Bonn, Germany....
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Over the past year, the international property rights sector has been abuzz with the potential for blockchain technology to fundamentally transform the approach to land...
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Are you interested in ensuring land governance is open and transparent? Do you want to understand your role in using land administration information and how...
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Today is an exciting one for us here at Cadasta, as we launch a new version of our technology that has been months in the...
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Cadasta recently commenced a pilot project collaboration with the Kosovo Cadastral Agency (KCA) on adapting our technology driven solutions to improve efficiency within the registry...
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Throughout 2016, Cadasta Foundation, in partnership with Open Knowledge International, is exploring land data with the ultimate aim of defining open data in property rights....
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Cadasta Foundation, in partnership with Open Knowledge International, is exploring land data with the ultimate aim of defining open data in land and resource rights...
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A new nonprofit organization has few options when it comes to establishing a credit history. Since nonprofits do not have shareholders or owners who can...
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In early February we shared our initial release of the Cadasta Platform, developed by our contractor, SpatialDev. The main function of the initial release was...
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A key priority for Cadasta Foundation following our launch in early 2015 was to identify long term organizational partners that have a track record of...
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Outreachy is a program dedicated to getting underrepresented members of the tech community involved in open source software through paid internships with partner companies. Much...
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Early this year, Cadasta Foundation and Open Knowledge announced a joint-initiative to explore open land data. Through sponsoring a fellowship, Cadasta and Open Knowledge aim...
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For the past three months, I’ve been working with Cadasta and Stamen on the atlas creation pages of the Field Papers map annotation tool. The...
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What we ask at Cadasta and what we hope you ask when choosing Cadasta In 1999 when I was attending university I found out about...
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As the global population grows and urbanization increases, the number of people in need of housing is increasing faster than ever before. Cadasta Foundation is...
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Over the last year as the team at Cadasta worked on the initial design, and subsequent development of the Cadasta Platform for documenting property rights,...
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The application of technology to development challenges is not a new phenomenon, however as technology becomes faster, cheaper and more accessible, there is an ever...
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For Immediate Release January 21, 2016 Cadasta Foundation to democratize land and resource rights in partnership with UK aid from the UK government Cadasta Foundation...
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Frank Pichel, Chief Programs Officer Cadasta Foundation And Open Knowledge International Announce Open Data In Land Fellowship Open data and transparency in land and resource...
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Kate Chapman, CTO of Cadasta Foundation, was recently featured in Khanjan Mehta's book Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It). The book profiles...
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As we move closer to commissioning of the first release of the Cadasta platform in December, we’re excited to be adding more great people to...
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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....
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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...
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Frank Pichel, CPO & Robert Banick, ConsultantCadasta Foundation and NRGI collaboratively reviewed a subset of annotated contracts from ResourceCountracts.org to identify the range of possibilities in...
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Kate Chapman, CTOEarlier this month I had the opportunity to attend XOXO, a festival and conference celebrating independent film, art, and technology in Portland, OR....
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Frank Pichel, CPOFor years, governments, civil society, and multi-lateral organizations have worked to build consensus regarding what sustainable development means and how it can be measured,...
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Kate Chapman, CTOCadasta keeps growing, and we couldn't be happier. Two new additions to the software development team are joining us to help build out...
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Lindsay Oliver, Communications SpecialistIn early August, the Cadasta team gathered in Portland to collaborate on larger projects and celebrate the milestones we've achieved in the...
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Noel Taylor, CEO & PresidentWe are excited to announce that we have found our Community Engagement Director, and it's Thea Aldrich!
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Lindsay Oliver, Communications SpecialistWe are pleased to announce that Cadasta and Spatial Dev are joining forces to build out our technological platform for documenting and asserting...
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Tina Arreaza, Associate, Investments | Property Rights, Omidyar NetworkThis article, How a Map Can Change the World: State of the Map 2015 Conference Emphasizes the Role of...
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Kate Chapman, CTOImagery can serve as an important starting point in delineating land claims. There are multiple options for obtaining imagery, including existing free imagery...
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Frank Pichel, CPOOver the past year, Bitcoin has come to the public's attention as an alternate, or cryptocurrency, due largely to significant swings in value...
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Kate Chapman, CTOFrank 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...
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Noel Taylor, CEO & PresidentI was fortunate enough to have recently participated in the Omidyar Network Executive Forum (ONEF), as well sitting on a panel discussing...
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Kate Chapman, CTOMy first notable interaction with imagery of any type was 15 years ago in my "Introduction to Imagery Interpretation" class as part of...
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Peter Rabley, Director of Property Rights Investments, Omidyar Network Noel Taylor, CEO & President, CadastaSometimes the toughest problems can be tackled by the simplest of solutions.Consider...
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