Two working groups are to be formed on
ad-hoc basis to develop key technical and governance standards and policies.
These working groups are at operational level under the supervision of the NSA.
The working groups interact continuously with the Committee for Spatial Data
and Inter-Agency Steering Executive Subcommittee (SEC).
– this group shall develop standards for web
services, metadata, spatial referencing systems (SRS), spatial data transfer,
data quality, etc. Note that some of these standards might be merged into one
standard where standard themes are similar.
– responsible for developing the pricing policy,
finance and business model for NSDI implementation, guidelines for NSDI
committees, protection of copyright of the state, etc.
standards for geoinformation and ICT :
- Meta data
- Coordinate referencing systems
- Data quality
- ISO, OGC, W3C standards for geospatial data
- Advise on the national geoportal development,
content and maintenance
of cooperation model for spatial data sharing and reviewing of partnerships
the NSDI pricing model / policy and licensing options that will
safeguard data providers’ interests while promoting the NSDI objectives of
maximising the use of spatial data;
the legal framework for protecting copyright of the state
Equally important to the NSDI
objective of making spatial data easily accessible to a wide audience is
ensuring that such accessed spatial datasets meet the provisions stipulated in
the NSDI policy and Statistics Act. The spatial data certification program to
commence in 2018/19 shall enforce the adherence of spatial data custodians
/producers to these provisions throughout the chain of activities in the NSDI.
These include compliance to NSDI standards such as for data collection, data quality,
data archiving, data dissemination, web services, data transfer, data formats,
coordinate systems, etc. A list of available standards can be accessible below.
Interoperability is a property of a product or system, whose interfaces are completely
understood, to work with other products or systems, present or future, without
any restricted access or implementation. In Namibia both data and systems
interoperability will have to be conducted holistically within the framework of
the government’s e-Government strategy, a program coordinated by the Office of
the Prime Minister (OPM). This e-Government will ensure that associated systems
communicate to each other regardless of their physical architecture and operating systems.
Communication includes all written, spoken, and electronic interaction with audiences. Effective communication is the prerequisite for the attainment of the goals of any National Spatial Data Infrastructure which is mainly to facilitate collection, sharing, access, dissemination, and use of spatial data in the spatial information community. Communication in the Namibia NSDI context is the linking process of management of the entire NSDI components as it provides means by which users and producers of spatial data obtain and exchange information.