A. Rajabifard, A. Binns, I. Williamson

The University of Melbourne


Society can be regarded as spatially enabled where location and spatial information are regarded as common goods made available to citizens and businesses to encourage creativity and product development  Based on this vision and in order to deliver a greater range of services and information to users across jurisdictions, the concept of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) is beginning to progress towards the development of an enabling platform, helping to link services across jurisdictions, organisations and disciplines. This cross-jurisdictional approach aims to provide users with the ability to access and utilise precise information, in real time about different source of data such as built and natural environments datasets within the sphere of decision-making, something that is beyond the ability of single organisations to deliver. 

With this in mind, this paper discusses the changing role that SDIs are playing in the development of such an enabling platform to facilitate the vision of spatially enabled society. The paper addresses the strategic challenges arising out of the need of creating such a new environment. This includes the growing demand and the role for sub-national government and private sector involvement in SDI development.