Spatial Data Infrastructures for addressing environmental challenges: stocktaking, capacity building, implementation and assessment

Yaniss Guigoz, Anthony Lehmann, Gregory Giuliani
Environmental challenges resulting in particular from climate change are becoming increasingly worrying. In order to study and address these issues, political decisions are needed that must be supported by solid scientific evidences. Data forms the building block on top of which a whole process leading to informed political decisions could be built. Despite the evident importance of data, many technical, institutional, political, legal or social barriers still hinder an optimal data use in the
more » ... ecision-making process in many parts of the World. In order to address these barriers, a general framework called "Spatial Data Infrastructure" (SDI) has been conceptualized and developed during the last twenty years. SDI aims at integrating data, technological, institutional and individual components in a concerted approach for improving data availability and its discovery, access, use, creation, collection, exchange and sharing. This should eventually benefit the various stakeholders who need quality data in specific geographic areas.
doi:10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:88107 fatcat:6ebbdpaksnb77jsnueevecc7iq