New Report: Nation...

New Report: National Spatial Data Infrastructure

The Case of Brazil
Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) has emerged as a valuable tool for monitoring development outcomes. This report, part of the Spatial Data Infrastructure for Development (SDI4MDGs) project, explores the potential use and long-term sustainability of SDI in achieving Millennium Development Goals in Brazil.
Countries with large territories and in a stage of newly advanced economic development are both a challenge to and an opportunity for the use of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) when monitoring development. However, SDIs are much more than just than an electronic map creation device. SDIs require users to be engaged in the creation and use of geographic information. In addition, users need to be trained in techniques for spatial data handling and analysis. SDIs also need to be aligned with the country’s broader policies rather than just focusing on immediate problem solving.

NSDI: The Case of Brazil navigates the current SDI landscape, addressing both the challenges to and the opportunities for development. The authors showcase interviews with stakeholders, early studies of SDI projects, and first-hand experiences with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that have shaped the country's National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

The report also makes funding recommendations and indicates Brazilian strengths, in addition to providing arguments for the generalization of Brazilian initiatives by other countries. In a large country with many pressing environmental issues, geographic information made broadly available and used competently is a fundamental tool towards achieving Millennium Development Goals.

This report is part of a broader project which seeks to understand the role of SDI and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in development. Learn more here.


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