FIG Peer Review Journal


A Consideration for a Conceptual Partnership Framework in Building Spatial Data Infrastructures in Developing Countries (9288)

Lopang Maphale and Kealeboga Kaizer Moreri (Botswana)
Mr Lopang Maphale
University of Botswana
P. O.Box402650
Corresponding author Mr Lopang Maphale (email: maphalegeocor[at], tel.: +26772113500)

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Published on the web 2018-03-10
Received 2017-10-01 / Accepted 2018-02-01
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2018
ISBN 978-87-92853-78-3 ISSN 2308-3441


This is a brief statement of the paper on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and partnerships in the context of developing countries. The concept of SDI started developing in the 1990s. Its real explosion was felt after the 1993 presidential order 12906 by the then United States of America President Clinton. It was held then that this concept was going to spread and grow across the countries of the world as it embraces geospatial information sharing across multiple organizations. In terms of word, the concept did spread but in terms of implementation coupled with growth it did not progress as anticipated particularly in developing countries. They have struggled with the implementation of this concept with African countries at the fore front. To understand the challenges faced by developing countries, this paper focuses on the aspect of partnerships. Partnerships are important aspects which SDI foundations should be built upon. This paper explores the SDI concept through its components and links it with the aspect of partnerships. In so doing an SDI Partnership framework is advanced which can be used by developing countries especially in Africa to pursue their SDI developments. This framework is premised on the aspect of institutional arrangements in respect to underlying behaviour, technical and information policy issues. The framework is envisaged to guide SDI adaptability analysis, modelling and design to meet a developing country’s spatial data systems implementations. The usefulness and significance of the framework was tested by interfacing it with existing SDI assessments of African countries to prove that the proposed partnership framework can be useful to their development and growth
Keywords: Standards; Geoinformation/GI; GIM; GSDI; e-Governance; Digital cadastre; Cadastre; Spatial planning; SDI; Partnerships; Institutions; Information Policy; Developing Countries