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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 72, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-proc-1-72-2018
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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 72, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-proc-1-72-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  16 May 2018

16 May 2018

Utilizing User Generated Content in the Creation of Land Ownership Boundaries for the Crofters of Scotland

William Mackaness1,2, Rica Duchateau1, and Jamie Cross1 William Mackaness et al.
  • 1School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh Scotland
  • 2School of Social & Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh Scotland

Keywords: land registration, crofting, smartphones, volunteered geographic information

Abstract. Land registration is important in land tenure security and often resolves land-related issues. Volunteered geographic information is a cheap and quick alternative to formal and traditional approaches to land registration. This research investigates the extent to which this tool is meaningful for land registration, with the Scottish crofting com- munity as a case study. CroftCappture was developed to record points along boundaries and save geotagged photo- graphs and descriptions. The project raised interesting questions over usability, functionality and accuracy, as well issues of privacy, crofting practices, digital competency, and highlighted the fractal nature of the digital divide.

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