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OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR SDI DEVELOPMENT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES -: A CASE STUDY OF UGANDA
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Landscape Dynamics. Miljö & Landskapsdynamik. (Geoinformatik)
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Landscape Dynamics. Miljö & Landskapsdynamik. (Geoinformatik)
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Geoinformatics: Geospatial Information Research: Bridging the Pacific and Atlantic, 2004Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Developments in Spatial data collection and use have led to what are currently known as Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). SDIs are technologies, policies, standards, and human resources to acquire, process, store, distribute, and improve utilisation of geo-spatial information. SDIs are generally believed to play a big role in optimising the utilisation of spatial data, which in turn leads to the development of a nation. SDIs are currently benefiting developed countries, which are characterised by high levels of IT, adequate financial resources and huge quantities of spatial data. However, SDI concepts are now being disseminated into developing countries whose levels of IT do not match those of the developed countries; where most mapping and GIS programs are funded through foreign aid and huge quantities of spatial data are still kept on paper maps. There is still uncertainty as to whether developing countries are ready to utilise the benefits of SDI. Like many developing countries, Uganda is in the processes of developing a national spatial data infrastructure. Initial studies for developing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure and a National Land Information System have been carried out. Data was collected from different institutions, compiled in a CRUD Matrix and analysed using a methodology of assessing individual SDI components. The experience from these studies gives us an insight into what opportunities and challenges are ahead of developing countries trying to develop SDI. Whereas most of the challenges are similar in developed and developing countries,

the unique challenges in developing countries are those sociated with underdevelopment and multiple donor aid. These challenges require that the components of SDI in developing countries take a slightly different shape but should serve the general purpose

of establishing SDI.

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2004.
Keyword [en]
Geoinformatics, NSDI, Africa, Developing countries, Uganda
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-73506ISBN: 91-974948-1-X (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-73506DiVA: diva2:101416
Available from: 2005-06-08 Created: 2005-06-08

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