Survey focused on the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI)
Nowadays geospatial information is used by everyone on a daily basis.
Most (national) spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) are developed in a top down or supply-driven manner. What is the scalability of the SDIs and are they prepared for the use by non-experts? Without users a spatial data infrastructure has no right to exist, so the user needs and user-friendliness should be considered as one of the most important development strategies of current SDIs.
We are four students from the master Geographic Information Management and Application (GIMA). This master is a collaboration by four Dutch universities.
The main objective of the third module of this master is to be able to write a spatial data infrastructure change strategy plan that focuses mainly on the improvement of existing National SDI implementation. The SDI strategy plan should address the governance and the implementation of a SDI in order to serve the user in a better way. The development and implementation of the SDI strategy plan should contribute to improving the sharing of geospatial information on a (inter)national level, to avoid data duplication, to meet user needs, to meet the country’s goals, and to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the use of spatial information by the end users.
When planning, developing and managing a suitable environment for a national SDI, the focus should be on internal resources (hardware, software, humanware, dataware and orgware) and on external conditions, such as legal, cultural, technological, economic and institutional aspects. Special emphasis is put on the governance of national spatial data infrastructures, intended to improve and to support data sharing and (re)use by third parties. To support the change strategy, several business methods and tools exist, such as user needs analysis, cost-benefit analysis and TELOS methodology. Application of such methods/tools in a change strategy plan is the core business of this module.
Hey Canadian Geospatial Community ... the geomatics sector needs your input, take a few minutes & participate in this online survey focused on the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) https://t.co/58QvKKf0Z9 #opendata #geography pic.twitter.com/f4kMd0438f— ?? GIS & Geomatics (@CanadianGIS) May 7, 2018
All students chose different country’s SDIS to assess. We chose the Canadian SDI, also known as the CGDI.
The reasons why we choose the CGDI is because Canada, like the Netherlands, is in our opinion a precursor in the (inter)national development of SDIs.
Instead of the paradigm that the only producers of geospatial information are expert organisations, the shift towards integral production of and usage by both expert and amateur users, probably asks for a more bottom-up strategy for the development of national SDIs. Without its users a spatial data infrastructure has no right to exist, so the user needs and user-friendliness should be considered as one of the most important development strategies.
In the first part of our project we researched the current status of the CGDI. It became clear that if we wanted to deliver a change strategy plan, we had to decide what the focus would be. The change strategy plan we will eventually want to deliver, focuses on the afore mentioned shift and will advise on the change strategy towards the user needs and the usability of geoportals. To get a good understanding of the current usage of the geospatial information and its users within Canada, we set up an online survey.
We hope that we may take ten minutes of your time to fill in our survey, https://candiangeo.info/CGDI-survey
The deadline for the change strategy plan is the 30th of June and if you fill in your email address in the survey we will share the change strategy plan when it is finished.
Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation,
Joost Deen, Roos de Boer, Kai Meijning and Laura van Wetering (To support us with this module we have contact with Mr. Prof. David Coleman and Mrs. Prof. Teresa Scassa)