COST G9: Short-Term Scientific Missions

Young researchers performed five (2005), six (2004), and four (2003) Short Time Scientific Missions (STSMs), visiting departments engaged in the G9 activities.
Mission details are provided here, with links to the reports prepared as part of the mission. 
Researchers: Auzins, Ferlan, Hess (NL, S), Koukopoulou, Lisec, Mikkonen, Ottens (DK, S), Paasch, Stoter, Vaskovich (DK, SLO, UK), Zevenbergen
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STSMs during 2005

Researcher: Jesper Paasch, Sweden
Host institution: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Time period: 2.-7. October 2005
Topic: The Dutch system of rights and restrictions in land will be analysed on the basis of a theoretical model of real property. This model was presented by the researcher at the COST G9 workshop in Bamberg 2004. The result will be part of a case study analysing European real property rights and restrictions. Report

Researcher: Maarten Ottens, the Netherlands
Host institution: Aalborg University, Denmark
Time period: 22.-27. May 2005
Topic: Complex tasks, like the constructing and operating of a large airport, has motivated research on conceptualisation and analysis of this type of socio-technical systems. In order to get more insight, this approach is used to analyse cadastral systems. The management and development of cadastral systems compare to the complexity of the airport example, but as the physical and technical aspects are relatively simple, the analysis can focus on the social aspects. A contribution to the final publication is in progress. Report Seminar programme Presentation Draft paper

Researcher: Maarten Ottens, the Netherlands
Host institution: The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 11.-19. May 2005
Topic: Aiming at improving the transparency of real property markets within the European Union, the visit aims at developing an analytical argument for what a model aiming at reaching this objective should contain. Both static and dynamic system models are to be developed, because one of them cannot give enough information to reach the stated objective. The static model should answer the questions 1) ‘What rights do I have?’ and 2) ‘What is my land? The Dynamic model should deal with the question 3) ‘What is transferred?’ and answer the question 4) ‘How can I transfer?’ The model provides a framework for relating these different questions and can be used to point out omissions in current models. Report Annex1: Presentation Annex2: Draft paper

Researcher: Claudia Hess, Germany
Host institution: The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 3.- 8. April 2005
Topic: An ontology-based methodology was adapted to the previously prepared process models of property transfer and subdivision. The methodology was evaluated with process models for Denmark and for England / Wales. The formal comparison of process models, as it was made during the STSM, provides a better understanding of national processes, as the ontology-based methodology permits a detailed and consistent analysis of similarities and differences between process models. The approach can be used to enhance the transparency of real property markets when applied to the comparison of a large number of national process models, because all models are compared in the same formal way and on the same level of detail.  Report

Researcher: Tina Koukopoulou, Greece
Host institution: The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 10.-14. Jan 2005
Topic: Property Transactions were compared between Sweden and Greece. Firstly, the Swedish and the Greek Property Registration Systems were described and compared. Next, in order to understand how the Swedish and the Greek Property Registration System work, the sale of a land parcel and the subdivision of a land parcel were examined. For each transaction and for both countries, activity diagrams and use case diagrams were designed in UML, aiming in the comparison along with the identification of the commonalities and the differences of the procedures that take place, as well as the actors involved in the procedure. Report

STSMs during 2004

Researcher: Ilkka Mikkonen, Finland
Host institution: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Time period: 20.-28. November 2004
Topic: To investigate the real property transaction costs in Slovenia, and how these costs arise and differ between Slovenia and Finland. The study includes an analysis of the involved institutions and authorities in the process of the real property transfer. Report Annex

Researcher: Marina Vaskovich, Sweden
Host institution:  University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Time period: 22.-28 August 2004
Topic: A comparative analysis of property transaction models for Denmark, England / Wales, and Slovenia. In particular the mission aimed at systematising specific cadastral/legal knowledge gained during two implemented Short Term Scientific Missions in Denmark (March 2003) and United Kingdom (April 2004) within the G9 framework, and identifying commonalities/differences for each country. Report

Researcher: Claudia Hess, Germany,
Host institution:  Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Time period: 9.-13. August 2004
Topic: Studying the modelling of the core cadastral model with Semantic Web technologies, and above all ontologies. The structure of the modelling process and the relations between core and national models will be focus of attention. Evaluation of the ontology-based verification of the core model conformity was discussed with domain experts. Outcome presented at Bamberg conference 2004. Report

Researcher: Anka Lisec, Slovenia
Host institution:  Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Time period: 14.-21. June 2004
Topic: Studying and comparing the Finnish and Slovenian real property transactions, including visiting field operations as well as case work at the Finnish National Land Survey. Comparable descriptions of the transactions were prepared through further discussions with university staff, and thus a model to be applied for subsequent cost estimates was prepared. Report AnnexSLO AnnexFIN

Researcher: Marina Vaskovich, Sweden
Host institution: University of East London, United Kingdom
Time period: April 26 – May 2 2004
Topic: Studying property transfer and parcelling out procedures for England and Wales by applying the methodology developed within the G9 framework. Moreover developing complete and formalized descriptions of these property transactions, and revising the descriptions through discussions with university staff and practising chartered surveyor. Report

Researcher: Armands Auzins, Latvia
Host institution: The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 19.-23. January 2004
Topic: To investigate institutional framework (organisational structures and regulations) in Sweden, including its relation to transactions and influences on real land use, using previously examined methodology of COST action G9 for provision of valid information, as well as to compare the Swedish and the Latvian situation. Report Annexes: PureSale SaleParties SaleProcedure SubdivisionParties SubdivisionProcedure;   Draft version of paper, published in NJSRE

STSMs during 2003

Researcher: Jaap Zevenbergen, the Netherlands
Host institution: Helsinki University of Technology
Time period: 3-7 November 2003
Topic: Further test of methodology on describing real property transactions. Foreign and national experts discussed fairly detailed descriptions, and identified aspects that were not clearly rendered by the chosen formalism, leading to suggestions for improvement. Report

Researcher: Jantien Stoter, the Netherlands
Host institution: Aalborg University, Denmark
Time period: 3-28 November 2003
Topic: Focus on 3D aspects: multi-storey houses and sub-soil constructions. Comparative modelling of Danish and Dutch national information systems on real property, analyses of specific Danish cases, and assessment of availability of information for needs in the land market. Report

Researcher: Miran Ferlan, Slovenia
Host institution: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Time period: 14-20 April 2003
Topic: Remodelling of basic real property transactions (conveyance, subdivision) of Slovenia. Principles of mortgage and pre-emption rights were described and compared for Slovenia, the Netherlands, and Sweden, especially as regards pre-emption rights of municipalities. Different roles of geodetic surveyor were identified and discussed. Report

Researcher: Marina Vaskovich, Sweden
Host institution: Aalborg University, Denmark
Time period: 16-22 March 2003
Topic: To test methodology on describing real property transactions outlined in Technical Annex. Draft descriptions were scrutinized by foreign expert and extended to satisfy criteria of explanatory detail. Through interviews with practising Danish surveyors, the conformity of the formalised description relative to actual Danish practise was assessed. Report