National Map positions Australia on DE

National Map, a Digital Earth inspired open source/ open data collaboration initiative being formally launched today in Australia, that may induce a profound and positive impact on spatial industry innovation, and open-data sharing by Government. National Map is based upon an open source technology, allowing both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors to use and build on open Government data.  The concept is closely aligned to the Digital Earth vision for an open and innovative spatial commons.

The first iterations of this will be the network created by the linkages of with the FIND geospatial online catalogue, the National Map exploitation tool and two major data infrastructures, the Foundation Spatial Data Framework and the National Environmental Infrastructure Initiative.

The National Map is designed to:

  • Provide easy access to authoritative and other spatial data to government, business and the public

  • Facilitate the opening of data by federal, state and local government bodies

  • Provide an open framework of geospatial data services that supports commercial and community innovation

The National Map has to date been a development between the Commonwealth’s Department of Communications, SIBA member NICTA and Geoscience Australia. SIBA is the leading association representing the Spatial Industry, focusing on networking, growth, support and influence at a government level. SIBA has pioneered Project MIMOSA and the associated Knowledge Communities initiatives. SIBA is a not-for-profit organisation and seek to inform, assist and grow private enterprise within the spatial industry.