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AD-SDI discusses progress on geo-spatial data

Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure group meets to discuss government GIS adoption and data sharing

The AD-SDI meeting focused on developments geo-spatial data systems.
The AD-SDI meeting focused on developments geo-spatial data systems.

The Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) community has met to discuss progress in the use of geo-spatial data systems in the Emirate.

The meeting on 24th November, was hosted by ADSIC, and brought together government entities to discuss the latest developments in GIS systems, and initiatives for GIS and data sharing. The event included workshops and training sessions for government entities. At present, Abu Dhabi government entities have 773 geo-graphically enabled data platforms and 133 geo-services.

Khawla Al Fahim, Executive Manager - Spatial Data Centre at ADSIC stated: "The meeting was a good opportunity to discuss the current status of the AD-SDI program which has witnessed notable growth in the last ten years and supported our strategic objectives to provide excellent e-services through innovation in geo-spatial application and an advanced supporting infrastructure.

"The meeting represented a platform to discuss important spatial data decisions and developmental efforts in addition to the latest trends and technologies within the sector. We look forward to further expansion and growth in the upcoming period as geo-spatial data continues to play a key role across a number of vital sectors in Abu Dhabi, including transportation, energy, economics, urban planning and public safety, amongst others," Al Fahim added.

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department and Family Development Foundation recently joined the AD-SDI community.

At the AD-SDI meeting, a number of participating government entities delivered presentations on the geographically-enabled services they provide to their end-users, which included the Mobile Documentation Systems for Recording and Abu Dhabi's Modern Heritage system by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and the Emirates Solar Calculator by the Ministry of Energy.

In addition, the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport presented the latest updates and enhancements to the DARB platform, on both web and mobile. DARB is a leading interactive map that provides users with a range of information regarding travel itinerary whether by air, land or sea, throughout the Abu Dhabi Emirate. Furthermore, the Department of Economic Development showcased its Commercial Licenses Geocoding activities and key program updates.

The meeting also included an overview on workshops, training programs and other important AD-SDI engagements that are organized and conducted by ADSIC for its strategic partners from Abu Dhabi's government entities, as part of its efforts to enhance knowledge and awareness in the field of geographic information systems.

Activities concluded with an open discussion on the latest affairs related to the Abu Dhabi e-government's MoU with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), an international leader in mapping software development. The MoU provides various areas of cooperation between Esri's Middle East and Africa Forum and ADSIC to support the efficiency and advancement of spatial data in Abu Dhabi's e-government, in addition to benefits related to licenses and distribution.