Spatially Enabling Australia through Collaboration and Innovation

Location-based information relating to people, activities, and resources is critical to informed decision making within both the private and public sectors. Within the United States it will be the U.S. Geological Survey's The National Map initiative that provides the vehicle to achieve this information delivery. This article describes the parallel work in Australia of the Public Sector Mapping Agencies (PSMA) Australia Limited. The authors briefly review the history of Australian politics and mapping, then discuss the Australian Census of Population and Housing (Census) data, and the work of the PSMA. The authors also describe the Australian Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI), the supply chain model, the roles of various government agencies, and the PSMA Australia Limited structure and governance, strategic planning, data access, pricing policies, and partnerships with the public sector. The authors conclude that the demand for geospatial information drove the assembly of national framework datasets and provided a mechanism by which to access them. PSMA Australia is a Geospatial Data Infrastructure fashioned around traditional business concepts rather than the much espoused technological models.

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  • Authors:
    • Paull, Dan L
    • Bower, Marni J
  • Publication Date: 2003-10


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps;
  • Pagination: pp 1183-1190
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  • Accession Number: 01001883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2005 11:17AM