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Luxembourg's Land Registry and Topography Administration (Administration du cadastre et de la topographie) has been one of the first actors in Luxembourg to digitalize its documentation 20 years ago and has been applying the e-government principles of "digital first" and "once only" since then. Every information about land tenure as well as the maps and plans related to these rights are managed consequently and only in a centralized database.


The system is designed to allow other administrations to access the data directly. Recently, all procedures requiring people to get a paper extract of that registry have been revised so that these paper extracts are now obsolete in terms of administrative procedures. Every administration should get the property information directly from the registry according to the "once only" principle.


For cases where the extracts of the property database are still needed, a digital version is now available for free, according to the "digital first" principle.


In parallel to these efforts, and according to the European PSI and INSPIRE directives, the regulations have been adapted to allow the administration to publish all its (geo-)data as Open Government Data without any restrictions. This has allowed the administration to simplify its procedures, to improve collaboration between administrations and to support the economy by providing it with high quality data. The administration can concentrate on its public missions and its data contributes to make a stronger economy, to foster innovation and level the playing field for all the economic actors, may they be startups or big players.


The distribution of this Open Data is done via a modern data sharing platform available under data.public.lu. This platform is developed, maintained and hosted by the administration's Geoportal Team, which has a huge experience in providing innovative and robust solutions.


This team is also responsible for the national geoportal, a digital platform created 15 years ago which has the aim to visualize and distribute all the geospatial information of the public sector in Luxembourg. It's visualization tool "map.geoportail.lu" is one of the most popular government sites in Luxembourg and is used by more than 25'000 users per day. In addition to the interactive platform for visualizing map data, it offers other tools like routing, printing, 3D, offline mode and smartphone apps. A wide variety of services is also offered free of charge, like for example the automated generation of reports concerning building or environmental restrictions and regulations for single properties.


All in all the Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie has been a pioneer of digitalization in Luxembourg and has since then been innovating its tools and services continuously until today where it plays the lead guitar in the fields of innovative services, Open Data and egovernment.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: cross-sectoral
Type of activity:
Keywords: Open Data, Digital First, Once Only, Geoportal, Geodata, Sahring, Innovation
Short English description: Luxembourg's Land Registry and Topography Administration (Administration du cadastre et de la topographie) has been one of the first actors in Luxembourg to digitalize its documentation 20 years ago

and has been applying the e-government principles of "digital first" and "once only" since then. Every information about land tenure as well as the maps and plans related to these rights are managed consequently and only in a centralized database.

Further information
Organisation: Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie
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Homepage: http://www.geoportail.lu
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Luxembourg
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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