to: 27 Oct 2020




Explore the world of ‘innovation’ in spatial data infrastructures.

Spatial data infrastructures (SDI) have arguably emerged as one of the most significant advancements for coordinating, sharing and accessing geospatial data and services. Yet, decision makers now require far more than just access to data and services – they want answers to problems. It’s time to move beyond the current ‘data delivery’ paradigm and enable knowledge on-demand.

The limitations of current SDI’s are recognised globally. In 2018, at its Eighth Session, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) adopted the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) to address the shortcomings in contemporary SDIs and to provide a guide for strengthening and maximising integrated geospatial information and technologies to power decision-making capabilities. This Framework, made up of nine strategic pathways, is centred on innovation – technological advancement, process improvement, creativity and bridging the geospatial digital divide.

This session spotlights the IGIF ‘Innovation pathway’ – changing the narrative from traditional SDIs to modernised Spatial Knowledge Infrastructures (SKI), where machine-readable data is key to putting knowledge in the hands of citizens.