In many countries, land administration systems do not have nationwide coverage, in addition they are limited in their ability to include informal and customary rights. The concept of the Social Tenure Domain Model is to bridge this gap by providing a standard for representing ‘people – land’ relationships independent of the level of formality, legality and technical accuracy. For recording the rights, an open source database with open GIS software is available, with a new enhanced version STDM version 1.4.
The STDM is an initiative of UN-HABITAT to support pro-poor land administration. STDM is meant specifically for developing countries, countries with very little cadastral coverage in urban areas with slums, or in rural customary areas. It is also meant for post conflict areas. The focus of STDM is on all relationships between people and land, independently from the level of formalization, or legality of those relationships
The latest version includes enhanced functionality and extensive stability improvements. One distinctive highlight is the complete redesign of the database customization module which not only improves the stability of the system but also provides more flexibility that enables for more data types to be defined by the user. The user manual has also been restructured to incorporate more use cases in the respective sub-sections.