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Geospatial data and the wellbeing of nations

Rapid advances in space technology are creating opportunities to build fit-for-purpose geospatial data infrastructures.

On the basis that ‘everything happens somewhere’, location is a critical information source and a major driver for public sector policy and decision-making. In this context, location information underpins all information.

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace, and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the World Bank’s Twin Goals influence the global agenda, geospatial professionals have the responsibility to manage data well and to ensure its usage benefits as many people in society as possible.

This is particularly true when it comes to land administration, which is integral to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of all nations. But many spatial data strategies are not ‘fit-for-purpose’ for developing nations, who are perhaps most in need of modernised systems of land administration. National Mapping and Cadastral Authorities in many nations need a new approach.

Today, the rapid advancement of space-based Earth Observation presents an opportunity for developing nations to achieve a fit-for-purpose spatial data framework. The goal is a spatial data that is inclusive, accurate, attainable and – crucially – affordable.

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