An agreement between Abu Dhabi and Esri has enabled the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to expand its use of GIS from managing infrastructure to supporting e-learning modules in the curriculum.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, a federation founded in 1971 from seven ancient Arabian Peninsula sheikhdoms. Using the wealth derived from its extensive hydrocarbon deposits, Abu Dhabi has developed a modern, forward-thinking state that embraces its past while preparing for the future. One of its long-term initiatives is the development of a comprehensive information infrastructure to serve the entire emirate, much as a utility company provides electricity, gas, or water.
The Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) was created in 2005 by Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council. The role of the ADSIC is to develop and support various government initiatives in the establishment of a modern, efficient, citizen-centric e-government platform.
Spatial Data Infrastructure Initiative Launched
With the expanding use of GIS throughout the country, ADSIC launched the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) initiative in 2007 with a mission to facilitate the sharing of geospatial data among government agencies and other stakeholders. The AD-SDI initiative is made up of 56 government and private agencies including nearly all industries and agencies in the emirate. AD-SDI mandates that all members share their spatial data with each other, excluding data related to Abu Dhabi’s security.