FIG Peer Review Journal


The Role of Land Information System in Instigating Spatial Enablement of Society and National SDI Development in Tanzania (6445)

Martin Hagai and Eric Mwaikambo, PhD Candidate (Tanzania)
Mr Eric Mwaikambo
PhD Candidate
Ardhi University
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Ardhi University, Observation Hill
P.o. Box 35176
Dar es Salaam
Corresponding author Mr Eric Mwaikambo (email: emwaik[at], tel.: +255 754304273)

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Published on the web 2013-03-08
Received 2012-10-21 / Accepted 2013-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2013
ISBN 978-87-92853-05-9 ISSN 2307-4086


Tanzania has embarked on an ambitious project to develop an Integrated Land Information System (LIS). However, developing a nation-wide ILIS without a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in place poses challenges that inhibit ubiquitous accessibility of land information. This paper discusses how these challenges can be addressed. Also it investigates how we can leverage through LIS initiatives to make head way to adoption of a Tanzania National SDI. The paper highlights the concept of a spatially enabled society and discusses how both LIS and SDI support SES. It also explores the relationship and interdependence between land information systems, spatial data infrastructures, and spatial enablement of society and identifies common elements that can be designed to serve both LIS and SDIs.
Keywords: GSDI; Land management; Land Information System; Spatial Data Infrastructure; Spatially Enabled Society