For indicator 8B, LANDex draws from the Land Portal State of the Land Information (SOLI) research.
Access to information is not only a fundamental right but a key enabler of other rights. In particular, access to land data is crucial for good land governance and underpins sustainable social and economic development. The Land Portal developed the SOLIndex to measure how complete and how open land information is at the country level. It answers key questions such as how much land data is online, accessible, free, updated in a timely manner, accompanied by metadata, uses standards, downloadable, openly licensed, machine-readable, and available as linked data. The SOLIndex was a natural evolution of the Land Portal’s work on the State of Land Information (SOLI) Reports and the Open Up Guide for Improved Land Governance. It allows communities and governments to better understand national and global capabilities in delivering land and data services. The SOLIndex follows the well-established SOLI methodology and complements global indicators on openness and transparency.
In LANDex, the SOLIndex is used to provide information for indicator 8B, which will reflect results of the SOLI assessments carried out at national level. This assessment will be translated into a 0-100 score that is compatible with the LANDex index and the information behind the score will be made available through the platform and further unpacked in trainings directly with members.