Open Access book published - Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North

For those following developments of the Arctic SDI, this new open access book from UCL Press - Arcticness: Power and Voice from the North - may be of interest to see where SDI fits in with the views, interests, and needs of the peoples who live in the Arctic. Download it free from . 

Read more ...

ISO/TC 211 – Geographic Information/Geomatics - Geo Information Resource Links

ISO/TC 211 Resources

This section contain links to resources for accessing and using models and schemas from the ISO/TC211 Standards.

Read more ...

Open Access Journals Recommended by GSDI Association

International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR)

IJSDIR (ISSN: 1725-0463) is a peer-reviewed journal that is operated by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, published exclusively on line by the Publication Office of the European Union, and is supported by an experienced Editorial Team. The aim of the Journal is to further the scientific endeavour underpinning the development, implementation and use of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). These are defined as frameworks of technologies, data, policies, institutional arrangements, and people aimed at increasing the availability, understanding, and use of spatial data and services to support policy, business, research, and society at large. We welcome a range of submission types, including full-scientific articles, notes from the field and geospatial data set descriptions.

The Journal is published openly and free of charge. It adheres to the Open Archives Initiative, which aims to facilitate the dissemination of electronic content. Authors publishing on IJSDIR retain full but non-exclusive rights in their articles, and will be required to use one of the Creative Commons licenses for submitting their work. Our ethical principles require authors not to submit their works to other publishers for review while the article proceeds through the IJSDIR review process. During this process however, the article will be already posted as part of the current IJSDIR issue - under the "Articles under Review" section - to facilitate the timely exchange of ideas and progress of science. As soon as the article is accepted for publication, it will be moved to the “Published” section of the same web site. This process ensures that articles are published as quickly as possible and do not suffer the usual delays of journals in print.

Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS)

JOSIS logoThe Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS) (ISSN: 1948-660X) is an international, interdisciplinary, open-access journal dedicated to publishing high-quality, original research articles in spatial information science. The journal aims to publish research spanning the theoretical foundations of spatial and geographical information science, through computation with geospatial information, to technologies for geographical information use. Learn more here.

JOSIS is run as a service to the geographic information science community, supported entirely through the efforts of volunteers. JOSIS does not aim to profit from the articles published in the journal, which are open access. We encourage you to become involved in JOSIS by registering as a reader, reviewer, or author, [ ]or simply making a donation to JOSIS.

Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty years

Advancing GIScienceThis digital book, edited by Harlan Onsrud and Werner Kuhn and published by the GSDI Association Press under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, is the result of invited and solicited submissions to the 2015 Vespucci Institute on Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years. A core goal of the institute was to review the research challenges of the past twenty years and discuss emerging challenges of the next twenty.

Read more ...

A SDI Approach for the Characterization of New Zealand's Groundwater Systems

Kmoch, A., Klug, H., Ritchie, A. B. H., Schmidt, J. and White, P. A. (2015), A SDI Approach for the Characterization of New Zealand's Groundwater Systems. Transactions in GIS, published online 23 Oct 2015 (not an open access journal)

Read more ...

AGI Foresight Report 2020 – location intelligence vital to connecting a ‘Digital Earth'

AGIForesightReportIllustrationTechnology and geospatial experts have come together to contribute to a new report which gives insight into the issues, which they believe will have a significant impact on our economy, environment and society over the next five years. -

The report has been published by the Association of Geographic Information (AGI), in partnership with Atkins, Esri UK and Ordnance Survey, and discusses five key themes - technologies, big data, open source, future use and policy and culture –identifying that the geographic information (GI) community can, and must, play a big part in helping us to understand and maximise benefits from these areas.

The new report says a truly connected ‘Digital Earth’ can only be achieved through location intelligence. A common thread through the report is the need for the GI community, and location intelligence, to tackle issues of data quality and data management to enable enhanced decision making in today’s ‘Digital Earth’. The report highlights that to do this the industry requires a fundamental and deep understanding of its relationship with digital data.

Download the report: AGI Foresight Report 2020


Open Access SDI Books

SDI from the GSDI Association or Partners:

Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years (339 pages, PDF - 29 MBytes - Creative Commons By Attribution ver 4.0)
Editors: Harlan Onsrud and Werner Kuhn
Publisher: GSDI Association Press, 2016

Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction (300 pages, PDF)
Editors: Harlan Onsrud and Abbas Rajabifard
Publisher: GSDI Association Press, 2013
ISBN 978-0-9852444-2-2 (ePub format) (Kindle format) - forthcoming

Spatially Enabling Government, Industry and Citizens: Research and Development Perspectives (286 pages, PDF)
Editors: Abbas Rajabifard and David Coleman
Publisher: GSDI Association Press, 2012
ISBN 978-0-9852444-1-5

Spatially Enabling Society: Research, Emerging Trends and Critical Assessment (248 pages, PDF)
Editors: Abbas Rajabifard, Joep Crompvoets, Mohsen Kalantari, Bas Kok
Publisher: GSDI Association and Leuven University Press, 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-88-4
(individual chapters)

Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management: Examples and Best Practices (158 pages, PDF)
Editors: Orhan Altan, Robert Backhaus, Piero Boccardo, Sisi Zlatanova
Publisher: Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JB GIS), 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-88-4

Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Research, Emerging Trends, and Critical Assessment (279 pages, PDF)
Editors: B. van Loenen, J.W.J. Besemer and J.A. Zevenbergen
Publisher: Netherlands Geodetic Commission, 2009
ISBN: 978-90-6132-310-5
(chapters available under Creative Commons Attributio 3.0 license)

SDI Press books (not open access)

(from Esri Press - visit for price and availability in your area)

Building European Spatial Data Infrastructures, 3rd Edition (99 pages)
Authors: Ian Masser & Joep Crompvoets
Publisher: ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2015
ISBN: 9781589483835
Building European Spatial Data Infrastructures, 2nd Edition (95 pages)
Author: Ian Masser
Publisher: ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2010
ISBN: 9781589482661
Research and Theory in Advancing Spatial Data Infrastructure Concepts (306 pages)
Editor: Harlan Onsrud
Publisher: ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2007
ISBN: 9781589481626
Building European Spatial Data Infrastructures (91 pages)
Author: Ian Masser
Publisher: ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2007
ISBN: 9781589481657
Research and Theory in Advancing Spatial Data Infrastructure Concepts (293 pages)
Editor: Harlan Onsrud
Publisher: ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2007
ISBN: 1589481626
GIS Worlds: Creating Spatial Data Infrastructures (312 pages)
Author: Ian Masser
Publisher: ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, 2005
ISBN: 1589481224

SDI Research

Editors: Bal Krishna, S. Kingdang, S. Malaviya, P. Misra
Publisher: Coordinates, New Delhi, India, 2010
ISBN: 9788190817219
Creating Spatial Information Infrastructures (185 pages)
Editors: P. van OOsterom, S. Zlatanova
Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, USA, 2008
ISBN: 9781420070682
A Multi-view Framework to Assess Spatial Data Infrastructures (403 pages)
Editors: Joep Crompvoets, Abbas Rajabifard, Bastiaan van Loenen, Tatiana Delgado Fernandez
Publisher: Space for Geo-Information (RGI), Waginengen University, Netherlands, 2008
ISBN: 9780732516239
Developing Geographic Information Infrastructures: The role of information policies (390 pages)
Author: Bastiaan van Loenen
Publisher: DUP Science, Delft University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9040726167
National Spatial Data Clearinghouses: Worldwide Development and Impact (128 pages)
Author: Joep Crompvoets
Publisher: Waginengen University, NL, 2006
ISBN: 9085043417
Spatial Data Infrastructure and Policy Development in Europe and the United States (104 pages)
Editors: B. van Loenen and B.C. Kok
Publisher: DUP Science, Delft University Press, Delft, NL, 2004
ISBN: 9040724679
Developing Spatial Data Infrastructures: From concept to reality (316 page)
Editors: Ian Williamson, Abbas Rajabifard, Mary-Ellen Feeney
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, London, UK, 2003
ISBN: 041530265
Geospatial Data Infrastructure: Concepts, Cases and Good Practice (286 pages)
Editors: Richard Groot and John McLaughlin
Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK, 2000
ISBN: 0198233817
European Geographic Information Infrastructures: Opportunities and Pitfalls (172 pages)
Editors: Peter Burrough and Ian Masser
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, London, UK, 1998
ISBN: 0748407561

SDI Related Reports

Editors: Bossler, Dr. John D., Dr. David J. Cowen, James E. Geringer, Susan Carson Lambert, John J. Moeller, Thomas D. Rust, Robert T. Welch.
Compiled for the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations. February 6, 2015.
Download here from COGO (PDF).

Research Oriented Reports and Publications

A report is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See DOI: