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Australian Case Study
International Case Study


Two major case studies are being undertaken as part of the project. The first of these focusses on Australian issues in integrating built and natural enviornmental datasets through pilot projects of areas within Victoria and NSW. The Commonwealth will also be invovled in the case study. The second case study is an international one, wihch broadens the focus of the research and enables a comparison with Australia. The international case study is facilitated by the CI’s membership of the Executive Board of the UN sponsored PCGIAP and his role as Chair of its WG 3 (Cadastre). PCGIAP was formed by national mapping agencies of Asia-Pacific in 1995. It aims to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of geographic information by providing a forum for nations to cooperate in the development of a regional SDI for Asia-Pacific (APSDI) and to contribute to the development of the global infrastructure.

Case Study #1 – Australia

Within Australia (through the activities of ANZLIC and the PSMA), the institutional and technological arrangements to facilitate integration of cadastral and topographic data are partially developed and the country has begun to implement a National SDI. Considerable research still needs to be undertaken however to identify an appropriate national framework to resolve interoperability issues of national topographic datasets and state/territory cadastral (and other relevant) datasets and to deliver the level of integration required to assist development of land policies aimed at sustainable development. The states of Victoria and NSW have been reviewed as part of the case study, with a national perspective supported through involvement by Geoscience Australia. This national overview has also been reviewed through visits to natonal agencies such as PSMA, Geoscience Australia and the Office of Spatial Data Management. Initial reports on the outcomes of these case study visits are available belwo:

Initial development of a technical case study for the states of Victoria and New South Wales were completed through a Final Year Student Project. The project recorded technical problems arising when attempting to integrate topgraphic datasets from Geoscience Australia and cadastral dataets from Land Victoria and the Department of Lands, NSW. Due to difficulties in obtaining data for the project, findings were only achieved for the Victorian area. This was done through the use of two local government areas in Victoria as pilot project areas. The outcomes of the project, including some background information along with the methodology used can be found within the students report, downloadable here.

The major integration issues identified throughout the case study visits and reports (with input from the International case study countries through the International Workshop on Data Integration), have been highlighted in the diagram below. The issues are seperated into technical and non-technical fields. Each issue is being investigated individually, with reports being uploaded on each issue as they are completed. Reports can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant issue.


Case Study #2 – International case study (Developed and Transitional Countries - New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei & Malaysia)

The international case study is designed to gain access to both developed and transitional countries in order to broaden the focus of research and enable a comparison with Australia. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are still developing their institutional arrangements and technological strategies to achieve collection and interaction of data, though developed countries are testing strategies on a project basis. The development of National SDIs varies from country to country, with policy creation and technical development generally being higher priorities for research (especially in transitional countries) than institutional arrangements and data interoperability. A considerable amount of research into developing a national framework for automation of updating and integrating datasets is needed.

As part of the International Case Study, an 'International Workshop on the Integration of Built and Natural Environmental Datasets within National SDI Initiatives' was held on the 21st September 2006 in Bangkok Thailand as part of the 17th United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP). Over 40 people from 18 countries and international organisations attended the workshop. The report from the Workshop can be downloaded here.

Individual International Case Study countries presented reports during the workshop which identified their major integration issues, challenges and best practice. Analysis of these reports is currently being undertaken as part of the project's international case study. These country reports, together with the presentations and papers from the entire workshop can be found at the designated Workshop Website. The country reports can also be downloaded from the by clicking on the relevant country below.

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