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Report indentifies Jordan SDI’s obstacles

Jordan: A report, funded by infoDev’s Korean Trust Fund on ICT for Development, revealed that lack of funding and capacity building were main obstacles to successful spatial data infrastructure (SDI) implementation in Jordan.
The report,Feasibility Study for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Jordan, also devised proper recommendations including developing the following: a capacity building and HRD strategy; an SDI awareness building framework; a financing strategy; a monitoring and evaluation framework; a government and stakeholder agreement strategy and an action plan for SDI implementation.
The report stressed that Jordan is currently at a point in time where, although there are risks and obstacles in front of the Jordan SDI (JSDI), these are not insurmountable and that a successful implementation of the JSDI is possible and a positive outcome would be expected.
The report contains a comprehensive summary of all activities related to SDI in Jordan. It includes practical recommendations and 15 local case studies, is executed as a Technical Assistance project by the World Bank Group.
The report establishes the existing Jordan GIS/SDI context through conducting 15 local case studies as well as an empirical study (survey) of 48 stakeholder organisations. It looked at the situation of existing GIS/SDI systems, the institutional settings, the policy and legal environment, the technical and geo-data situation, the supporting physical infrastructure, the human resources available and the funding environment. Analysing the collected data revealed trends within the Jordanian GIS/SDI context and common challenges were identified.
Furthermore, the report proposed several recommendations to complement the “National GIS Strategy”. To ensure the continuity of the effort, the report aligned its recommendations with the proposed institutional bodies and legislative modifications.
On an international level, the report tapped into the vast international experiences in establishing national SDI programmes. Eleven international case studies were selected that cover both regional and country level SDIs. Lessons learned for Jordan were derived on a per case basis. Combined with the outputs of the local context, the international cases furbished best practices and industry trends that will influence and assist the effort of establishing the JSDI.
Source: www.infodev.org