Robin Waters: Sub national SDI best practice in the UK and Ireland


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  • Deemed vital for this very fast growing part of Ireland
  • Part of South Dublin’s overall ‘Connect’ web service to its citizens
  • Many agencies
  • Collaborative – many agencies – including Defra
  • Commercial consultancy uses an SDI for its own projects world wide
  • PUSH contracted Atkins to provide public facing web site. Specific theme and contracted out.
  • 10 unitary authorities.
  • An example of DNF principles being applied and a voluntary partnership between 6 government agencies with no exchange of cash – all contributions from existing R&D budgets
  • Getting Information Simply – Mapping Online. Boardroom to Blackboard.
  • Dudley are very good at self promotion!
  • Only UK ‘region’ with a continental style provincial government and with all embracing SDI. Based on a Strategy started in 2002 with a ‘lock in’ on an island hotel.
  • Unique in UK – local authority company with three councils as shareholders (potential for others). Evolved from GIS unit in what was the Central Region of Scotland
  • Voluntary co-operation of circled numbers of local authorities. Gazetteers are a vital element in any SDI.
  • Robin Waters: Sub national SDI best practice in the UK and Ireland

    1. 1. Celebrate!
    2. 2. What are we celebrating? <ul><li>Best Practice in sub-national SDIs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful SDIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of SDIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of business models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision – particularly ‘bottom-up’ cf ‘top-down’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated teams </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Nancy Tosta* 1999 <ul><li>‘…… successful future SDIs will be local in nature. This is as much a function of practical matters such as the challenges of coordinating large numbers of people over large areas, as it is recognising that all geography is local and issues, physical characteristics, and institutions vary significantly across nations and the world.’ </li></ul><ul><li>* Then president of URISA </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why are we celebrating? <ul><li>Sub national SDI best practice in the UK and Ireland </li></ul>>> Best Practice Awards Turin, November 2009
    5. 5. How? <ul><li>Robin Waters & Ian Masser contracted by eSDI-Net + </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(as EUROGI members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With IRLOGI as a subcontractor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpret project in UK/Irish context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage participation (12 SDIs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questionnaires and interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshop – Liverpool, February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendations for Award - July </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Its all about Sharing!
    7. 7. Categorisation <ul><li>Administrative – multi purpose / front line </li></ul><ul><li>Multi agency: Forth Valley GIS, N. Ireland GeoHub </li></ul><ul><li>Single agency: Dudley, South Dublin </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic – focused / back-office? </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple users: EDINA, ISDE, MEDIN, NLPG/NSG </li></ul><ul><li>Limited users: Atlantis, Fingal, Atkins, S Wales F&R </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Fingal Data Hub <ul><li>Supporting interagency work - data sharing is crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Surprise population growth </li></ul><ul><li>need to argue for more resources </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Fingal specific data </li></ul>
    9. 9. South Dublin – Connect me
    10. 10. Irish Spatial Data Exchange <ul><li>Connects partners existing data catalogues i.e. discovery service </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Open Standards i.e. CSW </li></ul><ul><li>Provides multiple public entry points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each partners website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Software system and technical advice </li></ul><ul><li>Currently partner supported </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Seed Funding </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Marine Environmental Data Information Network MEDIN
    12. 12. Atkins worldwide
    13. 13. PUSH
    14. 14. South Wales Fire & Rescue
    15. 15. Atlantis – representing DNF
    16. 16. Dudley – GISMO - ubiquitous To Turin
    17. 17. Dudley – Lenny Henry
    18. 18. EDINA & MIMAS <ul><li>Geospatial data for all UK Higher and Further Education </li></ul><ul><li>500 institutions </li></ul><ul><li>46,000 registered users </li></ul>To Turin
    19. 19. GeoHub – the beginning… To Turin
    20. 20. Forth Valley GIS Ltd A local authority company Services for Clackmannanshire Falkirk & Stirling & beyond! To Turin
    21. 21. NLPG and NSG for England & Wales 376 Street Naming and Numbering Authorities 172 Highway Authorities PPP: Local Government Information House >>>> Intelligent Addressing To Turin
    22. 22. Commonalities ? <ul><li>Comprehensive large scale mapping from Ordnance Surveys (c.f. many continentals) </li></ul><ul><li>Cross departmental or organisational co-operation – SHARING! </li></ul><ul><li>No statutory requirements – all exist ‘voluntarily’ </li></ul><ul><li>All evolving – they can’t stand still </li></ul><ul><li>INSPIRE and Derived Data issues </li></ul>
    23. 23. Differences ? <ul><li>Governance & funding models </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies & sophistication </li></ul><ul><li>In house expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Geoportals (or not) </li></ul>
    24. 24. Success factors for Turin <ul><li>Longevity – and success in own terms </li></ul><ul><li>User satisfaction – is it demonstrable? </li></ul><ul><li>Something to offer – innovation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>less technological </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more governance & funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INSPIRE readiness ? </li></ul>
    25. 25. Sharing is what its all about! [email_address] Thank you!