Designing a viable land for future generations
With IRN & The Portuguese Government
To improve the experience of land identification and registration in rural Portugal.
Recommendation reports and communication assets.
After almost a century of several failed attempts to establish a coherent rural land identification and registration system across the whole of Portugal, in 2017 the Government decided to try a new, digital native approach to finally understand who owns what, and where.e
But, would a web-based platform enable an elderly population to register and identify their properties using aerial/satellite images?
Evaluate and improve the entire experience of this public service.
Devise a mobilisation strategy targeted to local communities.
of the combined territory across the
We assembled a multidisciplinary team of distinctive brains and fully immersed ourselves in one of the target municipalities, from where we were able to observe, empathise and better understand the ways local people relate to the land.
To learn about the origins, the stories and the relationships people have with their lands.
To see how people actually manage and define the limits of their lands and also learn about their experiences with the existing service.
By putting ourselves into a land identification and registry process, where we even tried to buy an 11,572m2 property.
To self-document our experience.
To involve and generate commitment from local stakeholders.
To learn and test different scenarios, experiences and approaches to the population
from users at the information desks
in participatory design
10 municipalities + other similar contexts
Once the recommendations from our service design report started to be implemented, registration skyrocketed.
to more than
We weren’t quite satisfied yet, and proposed a redefinition of the vision for the whole project:
in order to understand:
Yes, we went from analysing 50 year old documents by hand to deploying big data and machine learning across huge sets of data.
Besides the expansion of the project, improvements of the algorithm and development of visual supports for mass media communication, we are already studying how the data collected can be used to empower entrepreneurs from all over the country to find new ways to enrich rural Portugal.
This project was a finalist at the 2019 Service Design Network Awards in Toronto, Canada; and received the award for the Best Digital Transformation Project at the 2019 Portugal Digital Awards.