The South African Spatial Data Infrastructure
The South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (SASDI) is an initiative of the South African government. The SASDI is established by section 3 of the Spatial Data Infrastructure Act (Act No. 54, 2003) as the national technical, institutional and policy framework to facilitate the capture, management, maintenance, integration, distribution and use of spatial information in South Africa.
The objectives of the SASDI are to:
(a) facilitate the capture of spatial information through co-operation among organs of state;
(b) promote effective management and maintenance of spatial information;
(c) promote the use and sharing of spatial information in support of spatial planning, socio-economic development and related activities;
(d) create an environment which facilitates co-ordination and co-operation among all stakeholders regarding access to spatial information;
(e) eliminate duplication in the capturing of spatial information;
(f) promote universal access to such information; and
(g) facilitate the protection of the copyright of the state in works relating to spatial information.
Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, 2003
The Spatial Data Infrastructure Act, 2003 is an acknowledgement of the strategic value of spatial information for South Africa. For this, it is essential that an understanding and appreciation of the value of spatial information for planning, management and decision-making should permeate all SASDI stakeholders, including SASDI users from all sectors of society. Through the promotion of efficient and effective use of state resources and the sharing of information, duplication of spatial data capture is avoided. Read More
Committee for Spatial Information
The Committee for Spatial Information (CSI), established by section 5 of the SDI Act, is mandated to oversee the implementation of the SASDI. The CSI consists of a principal committee, established according to the Act and six sub-committees: Data; Systems; Standards; Policy and Legislation; Education and Training; and Marketing and Communication. Read More