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WORKSHOP INVITATION: Progress towards Spatial Data Infrastructures in 2009


Friday 3 July, 2009, 8:30 to 5:00 PM

University Halls, Raintree Room, James Cook University, Townsville
Roger Longhorn, Info-Dynamics Research Associates Ltd


The workshop looks at Coastal or Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures (CSDI/MGDI) in nations who have created them, the problems they faced, solutions adopted and progress to date. Both managers and decision makers should be involved in SDI initiatives from the outset. The workshop explains why – shows how – and discusses the dangers of not actively participating in those initiatives.

Workshop Aims

Best practice from approaches to CSDI made in Canada, USA, UK, Europe, and elsewhere will be presented, covering impact of national and international data standards, data policy (access, sharing, charging, etc.) and economic realities. Participants will learn how to use the checklist for “Coastal & Marine SDI Preparedness” in their own organisations, as a guide to ensuring that marine and coastal issues are adequately addressed in national SDI and e-Government initiatives.

Target audience

Professionals and researchers in charge of implementing spatial data discovery, access and use/re-use activities within their organizations or agencies, and who are also required to follow current regional or federal e-government information provision guidelines. For the research community e-Gov may not be as important, but the rest of the content should be.

Draft Agenda

SDI and Public Sector Information (PSI: The necessity for strong SDI/e-Government links
• Situation in the European Union (… is not so good!).
• Situation in Australia/New Zealand?
• The great “charge or not charge for PSI” debate – where are we today?
• Examples of effective e-Government/SDI coordination.

SDI in Europe: INSPIRE (Regional SDI for 27 EU Member States)
• Lessons already learned (since 2007) – manage expectations, raise awareness, be flexible, and communicate!
• Still a long way to go – lessons yet to be learned!

SDI Best Practice (at national and transnational levels)
• How do you monitor SDI implementation? Research into indicators of success.
• Legal issues roundup (with GSDI Legal & Socioeconomic Working Group input).
• Role of local government in SDI Best Practice – handling autonomy versus centralization.
• SDI Preparedness (applying the SDI Readiness Index Calculator).

SDI Cost-Benefit Analysis
• Why, how and for whom – experiences so far.
• Are CBAs worth the effort – lessons learned in USA, Europe, elsewhere.
• Can you DO a valid CBA for an information infrastructure?


Roger is Director of Info-Dynamics Research Associates Ltd, based in the UK and Belgium. He is also Information Policy Advisor for the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), leader of the EUCC Information & Data Management Working Group, and co-Chair of the GSDI Association’s Legal & Socioeconomic Working Group. He has recently completed a 6-month consultancy with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) project, where he developed a Marine/Coastal SDI component for the IODE Ocean Teacher Programme. He currently serves in an advisory or support capacity on several pan-European SDI projects and works closely with hydrographic organizations in projects linking land-based and hydrographic data at the coastline. Author of chapters on Coastal and Marine SDI in 3 books and numerous conference papers on the topic, spanning 15 years, Roger is an acknowledged international expert in geospatial data policy and SDI, and currently provides support for the UN’s global SDI initiative (UNSDI) and implementation of Europe’s pan-European SDI INSPIRE Directive. He has been involved in the CoastGIS conference series since 1997.


Expressions of Interest should be sent to Debora De Freitas (freitas.debora@gmail.com – 47816282) by 15th June.


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