SPATIAL DATA SUPPLY CHAINS
- 1Department of Spatial Sciences, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth 6845, Western Australia, Australia
- 2Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, Melbourne, Australia
Keywords: Spatial Data Supply Chains, Provenance, Conflation, Semantic Web, Ontologies, Artificial Intelligence
Abstract. This paper describes current research into the supply of spatial data to the end user in as close to real time as possible via the World Wide Web. The Spatial Data Infrastructure paradigm has been discussed since the early 1990s. The concept has evolved significantly since then but has almost always examined data from the perspective of the supplier. It has been a supplier driven focus rather than a user driven focus. The current research being conducted is making a paradigm shift and looking at the supply of spatial data as a supply chain, similar to a manufacturing supply chain in which users play a significant part. A comprehensive consultation process took place within Australia and New Zealand incorporating a large number of stakeholders. Three research projects that have arisen from this consultation process are examining Spatial Data Supply Chains within Australia and New Zealand and are discussed within this paper.