STDM Code Sprint: Call for Participation

Code Sprints (also known as Hackathons) are a proven method to develop contributors community around an open source project. To ensure longevity for an open source project, as a sponsor or project owner you have to build capacity to potential contributors who can then invest the same know-how to improving the system for long term sustainability.

It would be for this reason that  the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is organizing a code sprint that will bring together geospatial experts to further support the enhancement of the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) ecosystem. The Event Scheduled take place from April 24 to 27 at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya is organized by Metaspatial (Germany) in close cooperation with UN-Habitat and Kartoza (South Africa).

The Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) is a pro-poor, gender responsive and participatory land information system which has been developed to bridge the gap between formally registered land and land that is not registered. It is an affordable land tool for representing people-to-land relationships along the continuum of land rights. The tool has been developed by UN-Habitat through GLTN and other partners in recognition of the need for legal pluralism and a broader recognition of people-to-land relationships. It is based on open source technologies thus making the tool available to all and the concept adheres to some underlying principles of the ISO Land Administration Domain Model (LADM). More information about STDM is available here.

The Open Source tool that has seen tremendous growth and production use across the globe has stood out as one of the best tools in the Land Administration sector. The source code has been published under a GNU General Public License v2.0 and is publicly available on GitHub.

The Professional Cluster of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) has allocated a budget to organize and conduct the code sprint and support travel and accommodation of selected participants. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) also supports the code sprint financially.

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The goals of the code sprint are threefold:

  1. Improve the STDM software.
  2. Jump-start potential new contributors.
  3. Train and educate Open Source concepts and software.

Code Sprint Objectives

The code sprint will focus on five main objectives including:

  • Internationalization of the tool’s user interface;
  • Improve the end-user manual of the tool;
  • Incorporate prototype support for the OGC GeoPackage standard;

Technical experts invited

Etienne Trimaille from Paris, France (employed by Kartoza, South Africa) is a core QGIS contributor, as well as an internationalization and documentation expert.

Arnulf Christl from Metaspatial (Germany), President Emeritus of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)

Benefits for the Participants

  • Hands-on development experience with STDM, the OSGeo projects (i.e. QGIS and PostGIS), the Open Source Geospatial flagship database PostgreSQL and the web based disaster relief platform Sahana Eden used for the new STDM Online prototype.
  • Interactions with experienced instructors and the core STDM developers
  • Get to learn about Open Source collaboration, development, licensing and business models

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday 31st March 21:00 UTC via link

Notification of selection results: Wednesday 5th April 2017

Note: This process is mandatory in order to be able to participate.

Learn more on funding and further event details here

Event information Originally shared by John Gitau (STDM Core Developer) via stdm-mailing-list.

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