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Pillars of modern spatial data infrastructure

Integrated geospatial infrastructure and SDI are inherently multiorganizational. Experiences from around the world show that a holistic approach and well-thought-out strategy is needed for modern SDI and data collaboratives to thrive.


Collaborative governance

Governance involves leadership, vision, and geospatial strategy. It requires a clear value proposition, investment, policy, and progress reporting on key performance indicators (KPIs).

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Data and technology

Build, manage, and share fundamental data in an open, secure, and integrated geospatial infrastructure to be used and reused in solutions that address shared challenges.

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Engage your partners and community through open data, inclusive programs and initiatives, information products (like dashboards and stories), surveys, and events.

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Capacity building

Nurture developers, business talent, and innovation. Train staff and stakeholders, enable easy and affordable access to data and tools, and mentor the next generation of leaders and users.

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Collaboration is key

Today's challenges require multinational and multiorganizational collaboration with the goal of promoting efficiency at all levels of government.


Cross-jurisdiction platform enables equity

"Data platforms should be a tool, a solution to help local and regional governments chart a course forward and track progress as well."

Rex Richardson

President, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

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