Special Issue "Applications of GIScience for Land Administration"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Gerhard Navratil

TU Wien, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Vienna, Austria
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Interests: land administration and cadaster; data quality; navigation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The science behind geographic information (GIScience) has evolved in the last 50 years since the first attempts to solve geographical questions with computers. Conference series like GIScience (www.giscience.org) focus purely on the further development of knowledge and technology in the context of geographic information. However, the topic is also addressed at numerous other conferences for communities from spatial planning, geodesy, and photogrammetry to computer science or geography.

Land administration is one of the domains continuously applying new technologies when they become reliable. The period during and after the Napoleonic wars, when different countries in Europe had to replace their outdated systems to collect land tax, marks the beginning of modern land administration. Since then, procedures, equipment, and concepts have been adapted to match the technological status. This is only possible if land administration problems (e.g., in modeling, data collection, or updates) are analyzed and matched with emerging technological innovations. Since land administration is purely focused on geographic information, the developments in GIScience will eventually be applicable to land administration systems.

Aim of the special issue

This Special Issue aims to present the application of innovative concepts from GIScience to land administration. It will bridge the gap between universities and land administration authorities, developed and developing countries, land administration domain experts and GI specialists.

The Special Issue brings together experts from various domains to enhance our mutual understanding and foster interdisciplinary cooperation and discussion.


In line with the context and aims outlined above, we invite original research contributions on (but not restricted to) the following topics:

  • Developments in 3D modeling and visualization for land administration to meet the demands of smart cities
  • Innovative use of and experiences with volunteered geographic information and crowd sourcing in land administration
  • Application of GNSS and remote sensing in land administration
  • Enhancements of land administration models and automation of land administration processes by applying GIScience concepts
  • Application of developing technologies like linked data, NoSQL databases or blockchain technology for land administration
  • Mass appraisal of land value using GIS tools

Dr. Gerhard Navratil
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • land administration
  • land rights
  • land value
  • land use
  • 3D
  • maps
  • data collection
  • technology
  • GNSS
  • remote sensing
  • computer science
  • VGI

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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