In the executive session on Spatial Data Infrastructure at the Esri International User Conference there rose a discussion of what SDI means in reaction to Jack Dangermond’s comment that he’d love to move beyond discussion of SDI and rather call it National GIS.
A spatial data infrastructure is a bit different than a National GIS in the panelists’ minds, and many stated that data building, standardization, data delivery, rules and procedures, and established authority is the start, which is SDI, rather than the solutions that reside within a GIS.
- Nancy Tosta of the United States feels that SDI is much bigger than a GIS.
- Singapore discussed the role of SDI to encompass broader geospatial awareness than traditionally is encompassed in GIS
- Abu Dhabi discussed that the creation of a mindset as well as the physical environment for the sharing of data are encompassed in the concept of SDI — as a spatial data institution for collaboration rather than solutions.
- India is pursuing a National GIS, and in their eyes it’s about the delivery of targeted services for specific vertical markets that is hosted on the cloud.