Spatial Data Integration – The Open Data model for Caribbean Development

    United Nations/China Workshop on Human Space Technology

    16-20 September 2013, Beijing, China

    ABSTRACT

    Spatial Data Integration – The Open Data model for Caribbean Development

    There is a lack of accessible, accurate, up to date spatial data in the Caribbean. Pockets of spatial data critical to government and private business spatial planning exists, but is held by various interest groups and is not readily available to Governments, NGOs or private business for planning and decision making. Further, spatial data acquisition costs can be prohibitive and means for data discovery is largely absent. A mechanism for aggregating and sourcing accurate and up to date Geospatial data and metadata is needed for use by Governments, NGOs, donor agencies and private businesses across the region.

    A framework needs to be developed that could be replicated across the Caribbean. This framework would see the aggregation of spatial data built on an Open Data model that would facilitate collaborative use of spatial data for economic development.