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Srilanka launches its NSDI program to improve the use of spatial data

Srilanka: With the aim of improving the use of spatial data and promote SMART and spatial based decision making, the Government of Sri Lanka launched a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) program, as well as Geoportal platform.

NSDI has been identified as one of the key initiatives under the National Digital Policy – “Digitalization of the Economy” by the Government of Sri Lanka. Since its inception in 2016, the primary focus of NSDI is to create world-class infrastructure and solutions that will enable spatial data standardization, avoid data duplication, improve data quality, improve transparency in data sharing across departments and provide a technology platform for developing spatial data decision support tools. NSDI creates an ecosystem where government and private sector organizations can collaborate to manage, improve and exchange spatial data and information.

Wasantha Deshapriya is the new Secretary-General of NSDI program.

Geoportal on the other hand, is a type of web portal used to find and access geographic information (geospatial information) and associated geographic services (display, editing, analysis, etc.) via the Internet. Geoportals are important for effective use of geographic information systems (GIS) and a key element of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI).