Towards a Global Index of National Spatial Data Infrastructures (GI-NSDI)

Project Leader: Georgina Chandler

Introduction

Within the environment sector, open, accurate, and exchangeable spatial data can empower the organisations responsible for environmental decision making. Critically, it can aid them in preventing and resolving land use conflicts by encouraging early engagement in ‘problematic’ development projects. Biodiversity conservation and land use planning are inherently spatial, and as increasing pressures are placed on land use, it is vital for decision making to be well-informed and integrated. However, to achieve this a country needs to have the underpinning and supporting infrastructure to allow spatial data to be accurate, transparent, open and interoperable, something that an NSDI can help achieve. The environment sector should, therefore, be investing in the strength of a country’s ability to transparently collect, manage, and share spatial data through their NSDI. Despite this, there is currently neither a global measure of a country's NSDI to perform these functions, nor a way to identify where improvements need to be targeted.

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