The CRC Spatial Information Australia is aiming to deliver research to support the creation of a fully functional spatial marketplace.
The marketplace will facilitate discovery and access to a broad range of spatial information products and services from a variety of sources (from government owned to volunteered geographic information). The marketplace will also deal with issues of privacy, cost, data aggregation, maintenance, accuracy and licensing in a way that should lead the world.
One of the key technology enablers for such a marketplace is the capability to maintain automated, flexible, and distributed end-to-end spatial data supply chain management. This will allow providers to publish and market a wide range of data products, enabling frictionless user access.
There are many spatial infrastructure and data supply initiatives currently underway in Australia and New Zealand, but there is little coordination or understanding of what has already been built. This results in wasted effort and investment, as well as missed opportunities to define a world-leading research agenda.
The Spatial Infrastructures Alignment Study is addressing this gap in understanding. Phase 1 will review and evaluate the main existing SDI initiatives in Australia and New Zealand. It will also include a survey of relevant national and international research activities that relate to the objectives of the study.