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spatial data infrastructures

The term “spatial data infrastructure” is often used to denote the relevant base collection of technologies, policies and institutional arrangements that facilitate the availability of and access to spatial data. A spatial data infrastructure provides a basis for spatial data discovery, evaluation, download and application for users and providers within all levels of government, the commercial sector, the non-profit sector, academia and the general public.

The word infrastructure is used to promote the concept of a reliable, supporting environment, analogous to a road or telecommunications network. Spatial data infrastructures facilitate access to geographically-related information using a minimum set of standard practices, protocols, and specifications. Spatial data infrastructures are commonly delivered electronically via the internet.