Abu Dhabi, UAE – A delegation from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), USA, gathered in Abu Dhabi’s Sheraton Hotel on June 11th to hear from experts behind the system that is quickly gaining international recognition as role model for SDI implementation. During the one-day workshop, the experts, from ADSIC’s Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) Program, revealed the Centre’s spatial data infrastructure strategy and practices, which were developed in collaboration with more than 50 stakeholder entities comprising government, businesses and academia.
During the workshop, ADSIC also invited other government and private entities to present their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related practices.
The American delegation, comprised of GIS graduate and undergraduate students and professors, visited Abu Dhabi as part of a regional tour aimed at studying advanced SDIs and government enabled geospatial data and related services. The forum was part of a series of workshops and seminars organized by ADSIC in collaboration with the AD-SDI stakeholder entities to foster international collaboration and spatial thinking.
A team from GPC-GIS, a regional leader in SDI implementation, attended the seminar as a strategic partner to ADSIC. The team inspired further attention to spatial thinking and spatial education, in line with their long-term vision and current work on GIS capacity building towards a GeoMature Abu Dhabi. GPC-GIS has accompanied the AD-SDI Program since its inception in 2007 and has contributed to the capacity building of the Spatial Data Center at ADSIC, the steward of the AD-SDI Program.
ADSIC is a government entity created in 2005 to modernize and optimize government operations – one of four key priority areas under Abu Dhabi’s socio-economic vision towards 2030.