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1 Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Policy, Process and Presentation Dr Mike Osborne (SeaZone Solutions) Mr John Pepper (UKHO)

2 What is a SDI? A Spatial Data Infrastructure is a term used to summarise a range of concepts, processes, relationships and physical entities that, taken together, provide for integrated management of spatial data and information.

3 What does it do? A spatial and temporal information enabling framework … Supports integrated management of spatial data and information Supports interoperability at all levels (process, standards, technology and policies) Requires cooperation across ALL sectors Takes a holistic view Enables policy and management decision making Is about people and commitment Is enabled through National legislative / strategic programmes

4 What a SDI is not! A service A data solution A product A box of tools Limiting in terms of data type and source Owned by any stakeholder Built overnight!

5 Drivers for SDI Need for efficiencies in information capture, management and use Need for improved policy & decision making Need for improved knowledge of and access to spatial data Increased demand for spatial data (especially marine ) Legislation and International Conventions Need for common standards and specifications (e.g. ISO19XXX; OGC; IHO S100) User appetite for information and content Macro environmental concerns (e.g. Emergency planning, climate change)

6 What constitutes a SDI? Policy – national GI strategies/ policies Institutional – willingness and practical cooperation to create, share and use Standards – guidance / influence Content – application neutral layers of information Geodetic Reference System – horizontal & vertical datum; coordinate transformations Reference Information – features/ objects used as location reference Application Information – business orientated information built on reference information for analysis

7 Content elements Hydrographic Topographic (land; air; seabed) Morphological (texture, characterisation) Geological (solid; drift) Biological (benthic) Transport networks (air, sea and land) Hydrological (water) Temporal (weather, tide, current) Boundaries (EEZ, Baselines, Administrative) …plus Meta data

8 What is happening in the UK to support NSDI?


10 The UK Digital National Framework Launched in 2000 to support the creation of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) A permanent, maintained and definitive geographic base to which information with a geospatial content can be referenced (source: DNF – A White Paper, Oct 2004) UKHO /SeaZone providing geographic base for the marine environment & coastal zone Extending DNF offshore

11 Marine Data & Information Partnership (MDIP) Launched by UK Environment Minister on 1 st March 2005 Developed by the Inter Agency Committee for Marine Science and Technology (IACMST) facilitated by Defra. Consensus achieved on the way ahead via Steering Group Attempts to solve a long-term problem of insufficient harmonisation between large numbers of diverse data holdings and an increasingly large number of initiatives in marine data and information Public & private sector involvement (20+ organisations) Ambitious goals

12 UK Marine Data & Information Partnership Mission To harmonise the stewardship of and access to marine data and information, thereby facilitating improved management of the seas around the UK Objectives To provide a framework for the UK marine data community with respect to data capture (includes ingestion), inter- operability, archiving and dissemination. To develop, adopt and promote standards, specifications and procedures in support of the framework. To contribute to the marine component of and support for the geospatial strategy for the UK. Delivery through a 2 year sponsored programme (2006- 2008). Influence UK policy & legislation. To be considered BAU in 5 years time.

13 Is there a role for HOs in NSDI? Does NSDI allow for marine component (MSDI)? Does MSDI allow for hydrographic input? Is HO contributing to NSDI development? Is HO data suitable to support NSDI? Does HO collect data for navigation only? Can data be QAd for purposes other than navigation? Can HO data be accessed for non-navigational use? Is HO willing to support SDI?

14 The role of the IHO Community built on quality & professionalism that… Imparts experience & expertise Sets standards and imparts guidance Shares knowledge sharing Its members ingest, manage and disseminate spatial data Promote hydrographic data as an important ingredient to SDIs. It is not just about charting! To encourage HOs to support NSDIs

15 Contacts Mr John Pepper Head of Geospatial Information Services UKHO Admiralty Way Taunton UK Tel: +44(0)1823 723368 Mobile: +44(0)7747 757613 Dr Mike Osborne Managing Director SeaZone Solutions Ltd Red Lion House Bentley Hants UK Tel: +44 (0) 870 013 0607 Mobile: +44(0) 7714799900

16 Thank You Any questions? Useful websites

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