[SDI-Africa] National SDI survey results in Africa
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Mon Sep 21 07:46:08 EDT 2009
National SDI survey results in Africa (to be taken with a grain of salt)
The presentation of Anthony Cooper, from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), at the ISO/TC 211 Workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures, held May 27, 2009 in Tsukuba, Japan, puts two SDI surveys into context, showing that surveys can yield quite different results depending on the questions asked and how they are asked. Not only does this point out the subjective nature of SDI characterization and status/monitoring, but it also is a good lesson about research methods in general.
Cooper's presentation titled 'African requirements for SDI standardization'
( http://www.isotc211.org/WorkshopMolde/Presentations/Cooper-SDI-workshop-Molde2009.pdf ) compares:
a) Survey results of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, reported at the CODIST-I meeting, Addis Ababa, April 2009, CODIST.1 - Report on Member States activities since CODI V
b) Survey results summarized in 'A review of Spatial Data Infrastructure implementation in Africa (2008)' by Prestige Makanga & Julian Smit)
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