FIG Peer Review Journal


The National Data Grid: a Development Model for Grid Cell Data Infrastructure (4464)

Chan Tai, Stephen Farrell and Glenn Frankish (Australia)
Dr. Tai On (T.O.) Chan
Department of Sustainability and Environment
P.O. Box 500
East Melbourne
Corresponding author Dr. Tai On (T.O.) Chan (email: tai.chan[at], tel.: + 61 3 8638 2682)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


The National Data Grid (NDG) is a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) of grid cell (also called raster) data that is designed for both data custodians and users across Australia. The development of NDG is a process of knowledge generation, application and diffusion within the Australian Innovation System. Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), as an element in the Australian Innovation System, is adopted by the NDG project as a mechanism for collaboration among its key investors/participants. The benefits of the CRCSI as a collaboration mechanism is described in the context of Rogers’ organisation innovation theory and an approach of NDG development is identified. The importance of promoting reinvention through the demonstrator program of the CRCSI and active engagement with the participants in maintaining the support for NDG, and thus, promoting diffusion, is highlighted. This is followed by a review of the achievements of the project to date and a pointer to the strategy of future development.
Keywords: nested; grid; raster; grid-cell; national; data; infrastructure