National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) represents an integrated geospatial data system, enabling users to identify and access spatial information acquired from different sources, from local, via national to global level, in a comprehensive manner.
Modern society requires high quality spatial information for optimal resource management, efficient determination of adequate solutions and continuous development.
Geoinformation today represents a key element in decision making processes, for optimal resource management, data exchange and communication and sustainable development. Development of technology contributed in making geoinformation compulsory elements of a modern society. This technology will only reach its full potential when governments decide to maximize access to geographic information through SDIs.
Spatial information unified within a common infrastructure provides a multitude of possibilities for upgrading public services, while disabling data duplication and data inconsistency.
Republic Geodetic Authority, with support of Norwegian Mapping and cadastre Authority Statens Kartverk have started initial activity to establish spatial data infrastructure in Serbia in compliance with the European initiatives and trends. Support is based on the best practice in Norway on creating and development of Digital Norway.
The most important NSDI activities completed so far, mostly through the cooperation within the Serbian-Norwegian RGA-SK Twinning Project:
- The Law on state survey and cadastre includes a chapter providing a legal basis for NSDI establishing in Serbia, while also certain regulations of the INSPIRE Directive have been incorporated into the Law. The transposition of other Directive regulations is planned to be done through by-law regulations. The Law on state survey and cadastre came into force in September 2009.
- The Republic Geodetic Authority has made a strategy draft for NSDI establishing in Serbia for the period 2009-2012.
- Serbian metadata profile has been defined, based on INSPIRE implementation rules and ISO standards. For the purpose of metadata collecting and maintaining, a metadata editor supporting the Serbian profile is being made.
- The initial Serbian geoportal is officially launched.
Aim of the strategy is to establish an infrastructure, providing support to a high-quality and stable environmental development, coupled with economic growth, through efficient services, fulfilling the needs and demands of the public and private sectors, as well as citizens at large. The strategy presents a framework within which detailed policies can develop to ensure wide use of geoinformation to avoid duplicated effort and reduce administrative burden.
This strategy will lead to creation of NSDI in Serbia through following strategic areas:
- Cooperation Infrastructure
- Spatial data and services
- Legal framework
- Geodetic reference system
- Financing and pricing
- Research, development and education
Diverse parties will work together on the execution of the strategy by achievement set up goals. The effectiveness of the strategy implementation will depend on the continuing involvement of a wide group of partners in geosector.
Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA) is committed to taking the lead in developing the strategy and associated implementation plan. The NSDI cannot be creating and maintained by a single organisation. Key roles of RGA are leadership, develop and promote common infrastructure trough truly collaborative approach among all other interested parties.
The key factor for successful NSDI implementation is to enable user access to spatial data through successful cooperation.