Daniel Steudler

Scientist at the Swiss Federal Office of Topography, SwissTopo, Switzerland

Daniel Steudler

‘Cadastral Dimensions – Beyond 2D’

New information and communication technologies, along with economic, financial and political globalisation, the increasing movement of persons and cultural and social change, all have an impact on the way how geographic information systems, including cadastres, are perceived.

In Switzerland, the digital age for cadastral surveying started more than 20 years ago. The dynamic context mainly in the fields of geoinformation and spatial data infrastructures, however has implications, which need to be reflected on.  A Think Tank was established in 2012 with the aim to identify the current trends and to develop a strategy for the cadastre to adjust to those trends.

A first result was a discussion paper published in May 2014, where several trends were being acknowledged.  These touch on issues such as technology push vs. citizen pull, crowd-sourcing, open data, big data-data mining, legitimacy often prevailing legality, Internet of things, linked data, social media, and social change.  This lecture will focus on the identified trends and also on future dimensions of the cadastre.

Daniel Steudler holds a PhD degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is a scientific associate with the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), working for the Federal Directorate for Cadastral Surveying. He has been active in FIG Commission 7 since 1994, is co-author of Cadastre 2014 and was chair of the FIG Task Force on Spatially Enabled Society. He has published widely in the field of cadastre and consulted internationally on land administration and cadastral issues. He became chair of the EuroGeographics Cadastre and Land Registry Knowledge Exchange Network in March 2015. Daniel will be presenting a session on ‘Cadastral Dimensions – Beyond 2D’ at the GIM International Summit 2016.

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