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TitleThe Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure: Better knowledge for better decisions
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
SourceCanadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Information Product 5, 2005, 22 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication supercedes Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure target vision
File formatpdf
Released2005 01 01
AbstractThis document is an update of the original Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) Vision that was created in 2000. While consultations and research proved the original Vision to still be valid, it has been enhanced with new (*) ideas.

*To enable access to the authoritative and comprehensive sources of Canadian geospatial information to support decision-making.
• Enable decision-making and policy development that address Canada’s priority issues such as health, social, cultural, economic, and natural resources.
• Facilitate access to the leading sources of Canadian geospatial information
• Provide continued involvement and leadership in the development of geospatial standards and specifications.
• Foster partnerships and sharing of geospatial information across all sectors, at all levels of government, and at the international level.
• Support a broad and vibrant user community.
• Ensure that infrastructure operations are on going and sustainable.
Guiding Principles
Open: The CGDI will be based on open and interoperable standards and specifications for operations and information exchange.
Transparent: The CGDI will allow users to access data and services seamlessly, despite any complexities of the underlying technology.
Cooperative: The CGDI will facilitate the cooperation and collaboration of participating organizations from all sectors, levels of government, and academia.
Evolving: The network of organizations participating in the CGDI will continue to address new requirements and business applications for information and service delivery to their respective users.
Timely: The CGDI will be based on technologies and services that support timely or real-time access to information.
Self-sustaining: The CGDI will be sustained through the contributions of the participating organizations and broad user community, and through its relevance to these groups.
Self-organizing: The CGDI will enable various levels of participating organizations to contribute geospatial information, metadata, services and applications.
*User-driven: The CGDI will emphasize the nurturing of and service to a broad user community. Users will drive the future development of the CGDI.
*Closest to Source: The CGDI will build upon its principle of self organization by encouraging organizations that are closest to source to provide data. This will increase quality and efficiency by eliminating duplication and overlap.
*Secure: The CGDI will be secure and protect data that is sensitive or proprietary.

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