GIS Worlds: Creating Spatial Data Infrastructures

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Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) are defined as the technology, policies, standards, human resources, and related activities necessary to acquire, process, distribute, use, maintain, and preserve spatial data. "GIS Worlds: Creating Spatial Data Infrastructures" discusses the diffusion and evolution of SDIs around the world, shows where SDIs are advancing, and describes where more work is needed. More significantly, it details the implementation of SDIs from a practical perspective and outlines a method of institution building for regional, continental, and global SDIs. This text promises to illuminate even further the need for intelligent governance and strong leadership in the GIS and spatial data communities.

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Geographic data is becoming increasingly valuable as GIS technology is adopted around the world, across diverse industries. The ability to share the dynamic information leads to efficient decision making and effective operation. The presence of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) used to build a policy framework around GIS infrastructure has greatly increased with the amplified investment in GIS technology. SDIs are defined as the technology, policies, standards, human resources, and related activities necessary to acquire, process, distribute, use, maintain, and preserve spatial data. This book provides an overview of the developments that have taken place with SDIs over the last 10 to 15 years. Author Ian Masser focuses on the new policy options and the institutional structures associated with the formulation and implementation of SDI initiatives. "The importance of SDI has grown as our capacity to handle large quantities of spatial information has increased exponentially over the last 20 years as a result of developments in GIS technology," said Masser.

"At the same time, our power to access this information has been transformed by the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web."

About the Author:

Ian Masser is visiting professor at the University of Utrecht, the University of Melbourne, and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He has served as chairman of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), president of the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI), and president of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association.

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