Programs and Plans


Standards Development Program
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).
(a) Technical Working Group – 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.
(b) Governance Working Group – responsible for developing the pricing policy, finance and business model for NSDI implementation, guidelines for NSDI committees, protection of copyright of the state, etc.

Technical Working Group

Governance Working Group

Develop 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

Defining of cooperation model for spatial data sharing and reviewing of partnerships agreement


Defining 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;

Reviewing the legal framework for protecting copyright of the state
Compliance Program
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 Program
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 Plan
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.