Building a North American Spatial Data Infrastructure

Authors: Coleman, David J.; Nebert, Douglas D.

Source: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 1 July 1998, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 151-160(10)


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This paper addresses the state of spatial data infrastructures within North America in late 1997. After providing some background underlying the philosophy and development of the SDI concept, the authors discuss effects of technology, institutions, and standardization that confront the cohesive implementation of a common infrastructure today. The paper concludes with a comparative framework and specific examples of elements and initiatives defining respective spatial data infrastructure initiatives in the United States and Canada.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 1998

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