The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has published a new report defining fundamental geospatial datasets for Africa. The report is the first attempt to provide a continental common definition of what constitutes a minimally necessary core of geospatial data and information products to which policy makers can add other sectoral datasets to ensure geographic consistency in making decisions on socio-economic development issues.
The report comes following an exhaustive literature review and widespread consultations with other institutions on the continent, details of which was compiled by EIS-Africa and the South African Human Sciences Research Council. It proposes the following definition:
“Fundamental data sets are the minimum primary sets of data that can not be derived from other data sets, and that are required to spatially represent phenomena, objects or themes, important for the realization of economic, social and environmental benefits consistently across Africa at the local, national, subregional and regional levels.”
Based on this definition, the report goes on to identify ten fundamental data themes, which are geodetic control network, imagery, hypsography, hydrography, boundaries, geographic names, land management units, transportation, utilities and services, and natural environments.
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