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Public Spatial Data- building NSDI, implementing INSPIRE and improving decision making processes in Norwegian municipalities through the “Public Spatial Data”-policy

Kjersti Nordskog

(Submission #128)


A new Norwegian policy for geodata seeks to fulfil three aims at once: building the NDSI, implementing INSPIRE and improving decision making in local governance. During the last few years, the Norwegian Ministry of Local government and Modernization, in cooperation with Norwegian Mapping Authority, has initiated a local policy to promote the use of thematic map data among data users at national and municipal level. 140 thematic geodata topics have been selected to a list of “Public Spatial Data” (PSD) to raise awareness of their existence and as an incentive to increase their availability in the NDSI. Many of these datasets are also INSPIRE datasets. All datasets are considered to be of particular relevance to work in accordance with the Building and Planning Act.

The policy encourages the data owners to work on metadata and documentation of their thematic data, and distributing them more efficiently in the NSDI, at the same time fulfilling the INSPIRE-requirements of as is-sharing that Norway is obliging to fulfil. The municipalities have the added benefit of having more predictable, more democratic and more knowledge based decision processes by implementing the policy. At the same time, municipalities and other agencies operating under the Building and Planning Act, are encouraged to take an active stand on whether these data will be a part of their go-to portfolio of data or not. Every municipality is free to choose what data they want to include and exclude based on their perceived need.

The result has been a remarking increase in availability of the thematic data in the NDSI and in increased awareness, knowledge of and use of the thematic data among users, previously unseen in a Norwegian context.

Despite the fact that most of the thematic data in question have existed during a number of years, for some of them, decades, the increased availability of data has led to users react to, and criticize, the content quality of the data.

The presentation will present the idea behind the policy and what it consists of, how it has been received by data owners and data users, the criticism it has been faced with and the outcome, as of so far.


Topic Area:  [2.1] National approaches and strategies
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No

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