National Spatial Data Infrastructure: The Case of Brazil

The current situation of SDI in Brazil is defined by a recent executive order (Decreto No. 6.666, de 27 de novembro de 2008) that defined and created INDE (Infraestrutura Nacional de Dados Espaciais), the Brazilian spatial data infrastructure.

As required by the executive order, an action plan has been created for the development and dissemination of INDE (CONCAR 2010). The plan follows the traditional definition of a SDI, along the lines set forth by the American Federal Geographic Data Committee, which says that SDIs consist of not only data and technological tools, but also involve people, policies, and standards. More specifically, the plan defines INDE‟s objectives as creating metadata catalogs, integrating and sharing geospatial data created and maintained by different Brazilian government institutions so that the data is easily found, browsed, and used through the Internet. In the spirit of a traditional SDI, it states clearly that the data and metadata are to be created and maintained by their original producers.

Fuente: National Spatial Data Infrastructure: The Case of Brazil. Se puede bajar en PDF.

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