KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE – AN INITIAL STUDY
- 1College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Qaseem University, Buraydah 52571, Saudi Arabia
- 2GII Research Group, Department of Geoinformation, Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Keywords: National geospatial centre, National standards and policies, National initiative, Strategic plan
Abstract. This paper reviews the current Geographic Information System (Longley et al.) implementation and status in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Based on the review, several problems were identified and discussed. The characteristic of these problems show that the country needs a national geospatial centre. As a new initiative for a national geospatial centre, a study is being conducted especially on best practice from other countries, availability of national committee for standards and policies on data sharing, and the best proposed organization structure inside the administration for the KSA. The study also covers the degree of readiness and awareness among the main GIS stakeholders within the country as well as private parties. At the end of this paper, strategic steps for the national geospatial management centre were proposed as the initial output of the study.