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TitleCanadian Geomatics Community Strategy "White Paper" and Scenarios
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AuthorHickling Arthurs Low Corporation
SourceCanadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Information Product 31e, 2013, 64 pages, https://doi.org/10.4095/292903 (Open Access)
Year2013
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is a translation of Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation; (2013). « Livre blanc » et scénarios sur la stratégie de la communauté canadienne de géomatique, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Information Product no. 31f
File formatpdf
Subjectsmiscellaneous; data collections; science policy
Illustrationsflow charts; tables
ProgramGeoConnections Secretariat, GeoConnections Secretariat
Released2013 09 16
Abstract(Summary)
This report was prepared under the direction of the Interim Steering Committee (ISC) of the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (Round Table). Its purpose is to provide a foundation for the Round Table to prepare a pan-Canadian Geomatics Sector strategy. The contents of the White Paper are drawn from a review of available documents and literature, consultations with selected stakeholders and the authors' own experience.
A goal-oriented scenario planning approach is employed as a framework for structuring the White Paper. This approach to strategic planning puts an organization and its participants (in this case the Round Table, on behalf of the Geomatics Sector) in charge of enacting its future rather than responding to it. As a starting point, possible dimensions of the Sector's future position in the year 2020 - identity, market, business model, governance / leadership, location capacity, data sources and legal and policy framework - are discussed, with several component issues exposed in the form of questions. A "strawman" version of the Sector's desired future is then presented for consideration.
The Sector's future prospects are heavily impacted by external forces, and particularly by drivers of future change. A comprehensive examination was undertaken of change drivers in several categories - political / governance / policy; economic and market; social and demographic; technological; and environmental - and the key drivers are described. The impacts of each driver and the uncertainty of the impacts occurring in each case are indicated. Based on this assessment, two orthogonal axes of uncertainty were chosen that represent impacts on the Sector's future that have some of the greatest uncertainties. Four scenarios are identified based on these axes, which describe very different but plausible futures for the Canadian Geomatics Sector. These scenarios will be examined in detail and fine-tuned at a Round Table workshop.
A framework for the development of a pan-Canadian Geomatics Sector strategy is provided. The importance of alignment of the Sector strategy with government and citizen priorities is highlighted and several such priorities are suggested. The linkage with the goal-oriented scenario planning approach is described and the following components of the framework are discussed: vision, mission, objectives, situational analysis, initiatives and implementation planning. Suggestions of possible vision and mission statements, objectives and initiatives are provided for the Round Table's consideration. The typical elements of an implementation plan are summarized along with the challenges that lie ahead for the Round Table in ensuring implementation follow through. Finally, the importance of this strategic initiative is stressed and the benefits to the Sector of moving forward quickly to capture new opportunities are noted.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
This report was prepared under the direction of the Interim Steering Committee (ISC) of the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (Round Table). Its purpose is to provide a foundation for the Round Table to prepare a pan-Canadian Geomatics Sector strategy. The contents of the White Paper are drawn from a review of available documents and literature, consultations with selected stakeholders and the authors' own experience
GEOSCAN ID292903