Mark Sorensen, President of the GPC Group, delivered a keynote address with crucial insight into the transformation of government through SDI development at the first annual ‘Discover GIS’ conference in Kuwait.
“The notion of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) has been around for nearly two decades now,” says Mr. Sorensen “While the formal definitions have not changed much with time, there is a growing number of converging forces that suggest we are approaching a new era that could fundamentally reposition SDI from a framework for sharing information, to new ways of looking at governance and public engagement.”
Mr. Sorensen suggests that these trends have been taking place worldwide in both developed and developing countries. “Today, there are more opportunities than ever to configure emerging technologies to respond to challenges of environmental and societal sustainability and resilience, if we have both the technical foundations, and the institutional awareness, leadership, and foresight to do so. “The keynote address included a summary of “on the ground” experiences in implementing SDI 1.0 and 2.0 in the Middle East and beyond, in addition to thoughts about the trends, opportunities and innovations that are pointing towards SDI 3.0 and new dimensions of “GeoMaturity” and “GeoDesign” in the future.
The Kuwait Geographic Society along with KGUG, Openware and the Beyond Company organized the event, which included ministers, state leaders in GIS and regional thought leaders.