Thailand: The Thai government laid down plans to launch ThaiSDI, country’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) website by 2012. National Committee on Geo-Information has appointed Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) to host the NSDI portal.
Dr. Chaowalit Silapathong, Director of the Geo-Informatics office at the GISTDA, said, “Like many developed countries, Thailand has been convinced that the idea of e-Government should be made with a strategic direction. GIS has been accepted as one of the major components of e-Government in providing geospatial data and information for decision making. An important element to effectively integrate GIS with e-Government is to establish NSDI.”
GISTDA is currently developing the system by upgrading the existing GISTDA GIS clearinghouse demonstration programme established in 2009. The website will serve as the national gateway for spatial information and pave the way towards “Spatially Enabling” Thailand.
According to Silapathong, the website will act as a repository of metadata generated by data producers. It will gradually provide services such as access to metadata of the Fundamental Geographic Data Set (FGDS) as well as other spatial data in the country.
NSDI is seen as the combination of technology, policies, and people necessary to promote geospatial data sharing throughout all levels of the government, private, non-profit sectors, and the academe. The immediate target of the NSDI portal is to share geospatial data among all users or stakeholders which will result in significant savings for data collection, enhanced use of data, and better decision making.