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Antony K Cooper, Elsona van Huyssteen, Gerbrand Mans, Maria Coetzee, Sonali Das

12 December 2014

English

Antony Cooper

Academic paper

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

South Africa, India, China, Brazil, Australia

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Australia

Brazil

Built environment

Cadastres

China

Cities and towns

City planning

Cost sharing

Data analysis

Data quality

Environment

Geographical information systems

Geomatics

Governance

Housing

Human settlements

ICT

India

Integrated regional development

Integrated rural development

Land

Land

Land cover

Land information systems

Land use

Land use planning

Legislation and standards

Lineage

Mining

Municipalities

Other

Planning and management

Policy

Population

Provinces

Public administration

Regional planning

Remote sensing

Research

Rural planning

Society

South Africa

Spatial analysis

Town and country planning

Transport

Urban and Regional Dynamics

Urban planning

Water

Zoning

Assessment of spatial data infrastructures

A Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) is an evolving concept, essentially consisting of policies, institutional arrangements, Geographical Information Systems (GISs), data bases, networks, Web services and portals to facilitate and coordinate the availability, exchange and sharing of geospatial data and services between stakeholders from different levels. This article aims to provide some information on the role and value of SDIs and their potential relationship with, and contribution to other geospatial and evidence-based tools and technologies within the South African planning context and system. For this, it provides a brief overview and comparison of the key characteristics of the SDIs in South Africa, China, Brazil, Australia and India. The article highlights some of the complexities and use of an SDI and the value of, and need for an SDI to support the spatial and land development planning envisaged in the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA).

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