|Abstract||Developments in information technology over the past decade have exponentially expanded both the need for geospatial information and the access to this information. To meet this demand, the Government
of Canada invested $60 million in the GeoConnections initiative with a goal, among others, of accelerating the development of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI). GeoConnections will come to a close in March 2005, but a plan and
roadmap are needed to continue the important work of building the CGDI.|
This roadmap provides the direction to achieve the CGDI’s vision. The future for the CGDI looks bright, but action, effort, and perseverance will be necessary to make the
CGDI’s vision a reality. The roadmap complements the vision and architecture work by providing key goals and tasks to tackle in the short, mid and long term.
The CGDI has matured technologically to the point that we can now explore the issues and
opportunities that will shape its final form. Great strides have been made, but refinement and greater participation are needed to ensure a critical mass of geospatial data, services, applications and users. The CGDI’s external and internal
environments need to be explored to understand the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
The CGDI’s success has been founded on strong partnerships with external and internal stakeholder communities. These types of partnerships should
continue to play an important part in the future of the CGDI. The CGDI must look to associations, academia, standards organizations, industry and all levels of government for continued guidance, support and contributions.
The vision for the CGDI
is to enable access to the authoritative and comprehensive sources of Canadian geospatial information to support decision making. The mission statement furthers the vision by outlining how a future coordinating organization will need to operate to
achieve the vision of the CGDI.
The CGDI’s mission comprises specific objectives. Each objective has corresponding goals that indicate how the CGDI should evolve . These goals also indicate what results need to be achieved. The mission, however,
does not explain how to produce these results—that role falls to this roadmap and its goals and tasks.
These goals and tasks can be grouped into four streams: coordination, users, content, and infrastructure. This roadmap identifies goals and
tasks for each of these areas to reach the short-, mid-, and long-term milestones established in this document.
In the short term, funding sources and governance issues will remain in the forefront. In the long term, it will be essential to engage
new communities of practice and to have most provinces, territories, and several large municipalities contributing data to the CGDI and using the CGDI. Leadership and technology have been the focus and strength of the CGDI to this point. The next era
of the CGDI needs to focus on service delivery and nurturing strong user communities that have the capacity to work with the CGDI.