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ASDI governance


Holders of spatial data, service providers and users in government agencies, business enterprises, academic institutions and community groups are involved in implementation and use of the ASDI.


The focus of ASDI governance efforts is to improve institutional arrangements in support of the ASDI. The key outcome to be achieved is the removal of barriers to access and use of spatially related data. Institutional arrangements are currently based on a cooperative approach supported largely by personal relationships, which while assisting with communication and action, can fall over when personnel changes occur. Therefore, there is a need to develop enduring underpinning structures. The emerging changes in the spatial information industry, especially the emergence of a stronger single voice from the private sector through the Australian Spatial Information Business Association (ASIBA) have highlighted the need for new governance arrangements that take into account the balance between public and private sectors, data sources and data users. It is also important to recognise the potential contribution from research and development bodies, now represented nationally by the Australian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA). ASIBA and ASIERA are represented on the ANZLIC SDI Standing Committee. Governance models relevant to the ASDI need to be progressed further.


Ascertain user views on barriers to access to spatial data; develop institutional arrangements to help remove barriers to access and use of spatially referenced data; implement governance and relationship models to obtain consensus for and involvement in ASDI implementation; raise awareness, demonstrate the benefits, obtain support and promote investment for implementation of the ASDI within provider and user communities.


  • Continue to strengthen coordination arrangements in jurisdictions to provide a whole of jurisdiction response to SDI implementation;
  • Develop agreements targeted at relationship management and consensus building for the ASDI (eg. MOU’s amongst military and civilian SDI, jurisdictions, local government, public/private sectors, communities of practice as needed);
  • Implement an ASDI Communications Plan to communicate progress and obtain stakeholder feedback on ASDI implementation, initially through the ASDI workshop series 2003;
  • Develop a demonstration project on the use of spatial data for counter-terrorism requiring multi-jurisdictional data access.

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