infoDev has released two new studies exploring the role of spatial data infrastructure in Uganda:
Feasibility Study for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Uganda
This report proposes visions and goals for a sustainable Spatial Data Infrastructure in Uganda. It explores the national mapping organizations/agencies, industry, the role of the private sector marketing and promotion of national SDI initiatives; data issues which refer to standards, availability of digital datasets in the country; problems of inadequate technology , availability of trained manpower, policy issues and other issues like metadata which involves thematic datasets, fundamental datasets, and data clearing house issues.
The communication strategy for UGSDI awareness creation and information dissemination is also discussed in this study, including the overall strategy, communication process objectives, target audiences both Primary and Secondary Audiences. The general talking points in the UGSDI messages will be having specific themes, with opportunities and tactics which facilitate delivery to the targeted audience. Some of the strategies will involve publications, email, website, PowerPoint presentations workshop, seminar, conference, activities and other public, opportunities, face-to-face meetings with key partners and stakeholder groups.
The Implementation plan for UGSDI involves stages and outcomes these stages are divided in quarters within a period of 5 years, each stage yields an outcome that is used in the next stage, issues, goals and proposed actions are also discussed in this chapter with the expected outcomes.
Spatial Data Infrastructure for Monitoring Development Outcomes in Uganda
This report draws lessons from international SDI trends to navigate and propose a long-term architecture for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Uganda. SDI has been identified as an effective tool for monitoring development outcomes, including MDGs, in Uganda, this can be best applied by the Land Information Systems, National cadastres, environmental management, the electoral process, education, healthcare, e-government services and transportation planning . Common to programme planning across many of these services is the setting of quantitative and qualitative objectives and regularly measuring progress towards them. There are a number of isolated activities and initiatives in Uganda that are directed to the realization of SDI objectives. These include using GIS tools to collect, analyze and publish data as well as setting up programs.
While the longer-term architecture and application areas of an SDI will be generic and cross-disciplinary, focus initially on specific application areas that address well-articulated needs. When concrete application areas are absent, SDI initiatives tend to lose traction. A Mitigation plan for technological challenges during the early phases of SDI implementation activities should also be taken care of with legislation as a powerful SDI enabler. All stakeholders therefore, need to be engaged and encouraged to remain at the NSDI table.