The National Statistics Agency (NSA) released a 5 year National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Strategy and Action Plan which is estimated to cost around N$45 million to fully implement.
“The NSDI Policy identified various fundamental data sets seen as critical for the national spatial data infrastructure,” stated the NSA media release.
The Action plan addresses, “the quality and timeliness of spatial data, the avoidance of duplication of data collection by different ministries and agencies, generate wide spread access to and sharing of spatial data for timely decision making and evidence based development planning.”
It will also create a way of monitoring disasters and national food security, and it will work towards building a spatially enabled information society.
The NSDI Policy works closely with, which include various Ministries, NAMWATER and NAMPOWER among others.
“The NSDI can therefore be seen as the set of policies, standards and procedures under which organizations and technologies interact to foster more efficient production, management, access and use of special data,” the media release said.
In 2011, the Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission appointed a committee for Spacial Data to advise the Minister and NSA on the establishment of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which then developed the NSDI strategy and Action Plan.
According to the media release, “Spacial data represents the locations, sizes and shapes of objects on earth.” This includes infrastructure provided by the government, geographical features, networks of telecommunication, transport systems, and other things.