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UDC: 007:528.9]:004; 007:912]:004
DOI: 10.14438/gn.2013.12
submitted: 2013-09-01, accepted: 2013-09-22, published: 2013-09-30

Efficient Association Established on GIS and SDI - the role of education and communication with subjects and users

Željko Bačić1, Vesna Poslončec-Petrić1*

1University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geodesy, Croatia

Abstract. The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the work of government bodies, economic subjects and units of regional and local self-government presents the real situation today in every European country, as well as in its regions. The organisation of collecting, storing, distribution and usage of spatial data, in accordance with the principals of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) presents the next (higher) level in the application of spatial data and GIS. Rapid development of GIS application in the last decade highlights two problems in the efficient usage of GIS technologies, entailing the usage of spatial data in general. The first problem is the lack of the concept in organising the spatial data that has been solved basically through the development of IPP concept. The other problem lies in the fact that the subjects and the users do not have enough knowledge of GIS and IPP. Therefore, special attention has been paid within the frame of INSPIRE project to the development of education concept for the subjects and users of IPP, in order to provide the possibility for them to use the advantages offered by the concept of enhanced technologies and IPP itself. The paper presents the current situation in the education referring to GIS and IPP, and describes the activities carried out for the purpose of creating the environment that would provide quicker and more efficient implementation of National SDI (NSDI) based on better information given to the subjects and users.

Keywords. education, SDI, Western Balkan

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