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Hansa Luftbild at the Kick-Off Day of its4land in Enschede

[its4land] team members and project stakeholders, totalling 29 participants, converged on Enschede, the Netherlands, home of the ITC Faculty of the University of Twente – on 26th February 2016, to kick-off the project.

Georges Lobo, the European Commission Project Officer was present, along with ITC Manager Director – Erna Leurink – who got proceedings underway. Mireille Biraro (Rwanda), Berhanu Alemie (Ethiopia), Gordon Wayumba (Kenya), Kaspar Kundart (Rwanda), and Monica Lengoiboni (Kenya) set the scene with outlines of the key land tenure challenges in specific case locations across the countries.

Following a broad [its4land] overview from the Project Coordinator (Rohan Bennet and John Horn), in terms of ambitions and impact, the team set out unpacking the project work packages. Joep Crompvoets and his team from KU Leuven covered the lynch-pin ‘Get Needs’ work package. Angela Schwering and Carl Shultz, WWU Muenster, provided an overview of the potential power of smart SketchMaps in ‘Draw and Make’. UAVs – ‘Fly and Create’ and Feature Extraction – ‘Automate it’ were delivered by the University of Twente.

Christian Timm, Hansa Luftbild, introduced the sixth work package – ‘Publish and Share’. ‘Govern and Grow’ and ‘Capitalize’ were introduced by Joep Crompvoets and Tarek Zein of Hansa Luftbild.