GSDI NSDI Index Project Presents at 4th UN GGIM Europe Plenary

The Fourth Plenary of UN-GGIM: Europe met in Brussels, Belgium, from 7-8 June 2017. See the agenda here and below. Attending for the GSDI Association were GSDI President, Dave Lovell, and Georgina Chandler, Project Leader for the GSDI Straregic Project "Towards a Global Index of National Spatial Data Infrastructures". Other GSDI Members present included EuroGeographics, who provide the Secretariat for UN GGIM Europe.

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GSDI prepares for UN GGIM Europe meeting

The GSDI project - Creating a Global Index of National SDIs - will be presented at the June meeting of the UN GGIM Europe Regional Committee meeting. The summary information is presented below and can be downoaded here.

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Minutes of GSDI 15 Workshop - Towards a Global Assessment of National SDIs

The GSDI Strategic Project - Towards a Global Assessment of National SDIs - held a workshop at the GSDI 15 World Conference in Taipei (Taiwan) on 1 December 2016 at 15:30-17:30, at which several project staff were present along with 16 other participants.

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

Project Leader: Georgina Chandler


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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