Virtual Australia: developing an enabling platform to improve opportunities in the spatial information industry
AuthorRajabifard, A.; Binns, A.; Williamson, I. P.
Source TitleJournal of Spatial Sciences
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsRajabifard, A., Binns, A., & Williamson, I. P. (2006). Virtual Australia: developing an enabling platform to improve opportunities in the spatial information industry. Journal of Spatial Sciences, 51(1).
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a pre-print of an article published in Journal of Spatial Sciences 2006 published by the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia . This version is reproduced with permission from msia. http://www.mappingsciences.org.au/journal.htm
The role that the development of Spatial Data Infrastructure initiatives is playing within the modern world is changing. Initially SDIs were implemented as a mechanism to facilitate access and sharing of spatial data hosted in distributed GISs. Users however now require precise spatial information in real time about real world objects and the ability to develop and implement cross-jurisdictional and inter-agency solutions to priorities such as emergency management, natural resource management, water rights and animal, pest and disease control. In order to achieve this, the concept of an SDI is moving to a new business paradigm, where SDI is emerging as a ‘virtual jurisdiction’ or ‘virtual enterprise’ to promote the partnership of spatial information organisations (public/private) to provide access to a wider scope of data and services, of size and complexity that is beyond their individual capacity. The development of such an SDI requires an enabling platform to support the chaining of services across participating organisations. This paper outlines the outcomes of research on the development of such an enabling platform within the context of a Virtual Australia.
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