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Newsletter 05 - June 2016

Welcome to its4land Newsletter #5. In this edition we'll update you on recent developments regarding tool integration, the upcoming Kenyan kick-off/reconnaissance event, UAV selection processes, recent interactions with the FIG Young Surveyors Network, and also explain all the effort we're putting into ethics issues. 

Tool interfacing. Teams from Draw and Make (WP3), Fly and Create (WP4), Automate It (WP5), and Publish and Share (WP6) came together on June 20th at WWU Munster, Germany, to thrash out technical linkages between the its4land tools. Data inputs, outputs, platforms, and workflows were all on the table. The group will continue to meet over the next few months as these key work packages officially start rolling. More on the event here - and more on how the work packages fit together here
Kenyan Kick-Off. its4land in July is all about Kenya. Like we've already done in Rwanda and Ethiopia, we'll be undertaking pre-fieldwork site visits in Kajiado and Kisumu - from July 25-30. Gordon and Robert Wayumba (TUK) will lead the group including Joep Crompvoets (KUL), Malumbo Chipofya (WWU), Monica Lengoiboni (UT), and Tarek Zein (HL). The visits are essential to raise stakeholder awareness about the research - and also for sensitising our own research team. its4land Project Manager, John Horn (UT) will also touching down to provide advice and support to TUK on finance and reporting matters. The its4land MT will also have its 4th regular meeting the following week on August 01. More here
Decisions to Fly. As part of Work Package 4 - Fly and Create - we're on the hunt for fit-for-purpose UAVs. That's why Markus Gerke (UT) and Claudia Stocker (UT) visited DelAir Tech in Toulouse, France - for a hands-on demonstration of some of their fixed wing UAV offerings. The team has also been in contact with suppliers from Sensfly, Germap, and Trimble - amongst a heap of other providers. The final decision will be based on alignment to the specifications developed by the Fly and Create (WP4) team - stemming from knowledge being gained in 'Get Needs' (WP2). The three case countries - Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Kenya - have quite unique land tenure challenges, and so it's possible that different technology options will better align with the different contexts. The transcontinental and transdiciplinary its4land team will be making sure each country gets the most fit for purpose UAV. Read more on WP4 here
Researchers from Work Package 4 'Fly and Create' meet with DelAir Tech in Toulouse, France
Youth, Surveyors, Europe, Land. its4landers - Claudia Stocker (UT) and Rohan Bennett (UT) - attended the 4th Young Surveyors European Meeting in Amsterdam (#4YSEM), Netherlands from 7-9 June 2016. The young surveyors are active, energetic, collaborative, and ready to make a difference. It was a great opportunity to spread the word on land tenure mapping challenges in Eastern Africa to young surveyors who can be part of the solution. We introduced the realities of 'cadastrobots' and 'mandated mobs' - the suite of emerging players and automation technologies that could rapidly expedite land rights mapping - and they're both found in its4land. Learn more about the FIG Young Surveyors here
Dr. Chrit from Kadaster International, Netherlands, introduces Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration at the Young Surveyors Event.
Doing it right. We're in the midst of finalising the last of our ethics deliverables for submission to the European Commission. These need to be in place before the research can really get going. In the proposal phase, its4land was reviewed favourably during the ethics assessment. Now it's time to deliver. For this reason, we've been busy following up ethics processes at regional, national, sub-national, and institutional levels to ensure we're dotting the i's and crossing the t's when it comes to: justification and procedures for human research participants; justifications and procedures for protection of personal data; and undertaking work outside the EU. We're in the process of updating our ethics pages on the its4land website - but, in the meantime, an overview is still available here
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