The EC H2020 project 'its4land' is underway - and so is its newsletter series. Enjoy! 
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Newsletter 01 - February 2016

Welcome to the first its4land newsletter. We'll be putting one of these together every month for the entire life of the project. So, if you forget to visit regularly, don't worry, these little inbox treats will keep you up to date. 

‘Get Needs’, its4land work package 2 gets 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. Partners from Rwanda appeared in for the afternoon meeting. Joep Crompvoets and Bruno Broucker were on hand to lead the discussions – and invited strategic and operational input from the partners. ‘Get Needs’ is a lynch pin for the project – it establishes the basis and requirements for the tool design work packages that kick-off in month 6 of the project. Learn more about ‘Get Needs’ here.
its4land kick-off day in Enschede
The mandatory group photo
Website up, up, and away! its4land now has new branding and a new website. It's the main way to keep up to date with the project, the team, the work packages, and the outputs - especially if you're in a location with good interest access. Don't worry - we're using other tools to keep in touch with all our stakeholders and beneficiaries. 
Let the fun times role! Realising the its4land ambitions begins now.
its4land officially kicks-off! 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 European Commission Project Officer was present, along with ITC Manager Director – Erna Leurink – who got proceedings underway. Mireille Biraro (Rwanda), Berhanu Alemie (Ethiopia), Gordon Wayumba (Kenya), Kaspar Kundart (Rwanda), and Monica Lengoiboni (Kenya) set the scene with outlines of the key land tenure challenges in specific case locations across the countries.  Following a broad [its4land] overview, in terms of ambitions and impact, from Project Coordinator (Rohan Bennett / John Horn) – the team set out unpacking work pages. Joep Crompvoets and his team from KU Leuven covered the lynch-pin ‘Get Needs’ work program. Angela Schwering and Carl Shultz, WWU Munster, provided an overview of the potential power of smart sketchmaps in ‘Draw and Make’. UAVs – ‘Fly and Create’ and Feature Extraction – ‘Automate it’ were delivered by new PhDs Claudia Stocker and Sophie Crommelink, from University of Twente. Christian Timm, Hansa Luftbild, introduced the second lynch pin work page – ‘Publish and Share’. ‘Govern and Grow’ and ‘Capitalize’ were introduced by Joep Crompvoets and and Tarek Zein of Hansa Luftbild.
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