Canada: Interdisciplinary Research Consultants (IdRC) and ESRI Canada have been selected to provide consulting services on the design of a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for the Kingdom of Jordan. According to ESRI Canada, this will help Jordan develop a national strategic plan that will enable broad sharing of geographic information to monitor and support the country’s development. The project is being undertaken through funds from the Korean Trust Fund on ICT4D, administered by infoDev as part of a World Bank initiative.
“A national SDI will allow the government of Jordan to establish a platform for building essential applications, including monitoring development outcomes, land use planning and disaster management,” said Dr Tim Kelly, lead information and communication technology policy specialist, World Bank. “This project will give them access to international expertise and help them take the necessary steps in effectively using spatial data and technology to address the country’s issues and goals.”
“Organising Jordan’s spatial data into one framework will increase efficiencies in information management, reduce costs through shared infrastructure and open valuable data to the community,” said Alex Miller, President, ESRI Canada.
IdRC and ESRI Canada will assess current SDI trends in Jordan and identify best practices. They will work with various stakeholders to develop a plan that encompasses the technology, policies, human resources and related activities needed to establish a national SDI. The plan will outline protocols and standards for collecting, processing, distributing and maintaining the country’s spatial data. They will also work with the appropriate organisations and professionals to transfer knowledge and build local capacity for developing and maintaining the SDI. The project is expected to be completed in 2011.
“Incorporating a spatial dimension to social and economic analysis reveals patterns not identifiable in traditional analysis,” said Dr Tarek Tarawneh, Managing Partner, IdRC. “It allows decision makers to look at issues in a new way and perform broader analysis.”
Source: ESRI Canada