STDM Advisory Committee

1. Background

One critical tool of GLTN is the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM). STDM is being developed, piloted and implemented to cater a wide range of rights including rights that are documented as well as undocumented, for individuals and groups, for pastoralists, and slum dwellers; rights that are formal and informal, and those may be legal as well as extra-legal or informal. Most of these “off register” rights and claims are based on social tenures and cannot be described relative to the conventional parcel based concept (e.g. cadaster), and therefore alternative forms of spatial units are needed. STDM aims to bridge these technical gaps.

It is expected that STDM use and application will further generate more requests for support, documentation, demands and interests from various partners and stakeholders after the official release of its source codes. In this context, the management and strategic direction of STDM as a GLTN tool will be more complex and requires more participation and advice from key partners and individuals. Hence, the need to establish an Advisory Committee to support its implementation and further development in an open source environment.

2. Tasks and Responsibilities

The main responsibility of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice and recommendations in the development, management, implementation and dissemination of the STDM tool. Specifically, the Committee will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Promote and build awareness on the use and application of STDM.
  2. Provide advice and assist in the development of knowledge management materials.
  3. Provide technical support in capacity development initiatives of STDM as maybe needed.
  4. Provide recommendations on the appropriate STDM policies, technologies, data standardization and core functionalities, where and when appropriate.
  5. Undertake technical and project implementation reviews and provide specific recommendations on the way forward in conformity with the core values of GLTN.
  6. Review and/or make suggestions on the implementation of online STDM technical services (GitHub, Trac, API versioning, etc.) and provide advice on the maintenance, availability, quality and appropriateness.
  7. Engage in reflective and self-evaluative processes to improve the Committee’s effectiveness.

3. Composition and Membership

3.1  The composition of the Advisory Committee shall reflect the following:

  1. Recognized leadership in the land sector.
  2. Extensive experience in land administration and management and/or development of information systems.
  3. Known representations of global and/or regional institutions dealing with land administration and management issues and/or information systems.
  4. Understanding of the existing situation and context related to STDM development.
  5. Potential contribution in the further development, use, management, application and dissemination of STDM tool.
  6. Work on a voluntary basis.

3.2  The Advisory Committee will be composed of seven individuals as follows:

  1. Two (2) from land professional bodies
  2. One (1) from research/training organizations,
  3. One (1) from users groups,
  4. One (1) from youth institutions and
  5. Two (2) from the open source community organizations or developers’ groups.

3.3  The members of the Advisory Committee will be on individual and voluntary basis. Their membership to the Committee shall not be construed as representing the views, interests, positions and decisions of their past, present or future work, employment, affiliations or organizations.

3.4  A Chairperson will be elected by the Committee members for the duration of two years unless otherwise agreed by the Committee members.

3.5  The Chairperson has the following tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Invite members to Committee meetings,
  2. Chair the meetings and disseminate the minutes of the meetings,
  3. Act as the spokesperson of the Committee particularly on vision, policy and strategic issues inherent to the Committee’s mandates and tasks,
  4. Ensure adequate information and feedback is provided to Committee members, GLTN partners including the GLTN Secretariat,
  5. External communications from the Committee will be communicated through the Chairperson and
    Provide necessary reports.

3.6  Representative/s of GLTN Secretariat will be assigned to act as the Secretariat of the Committee as well as to act as resource person/s.

3.7  Each member will hold membership of the Advisory Committee for two years, renewable for another two years, or until the member decide not to continue its membership to the Committee. The member shall provide a 90-day notice to all Committee members of such a decision.