Australian Spatial Data
What is the ASDI?
• The ASDI is a national initiative to
provide better access for all Australians
to essential spatial data.
• It aims to ensure that users of spatial
data will be able to acquire consistent
datasets to meet their requirements,
even though the data is collected and
maintained by different authorities.
Foreseen Uses of Spatial Data
• Environmental Assessment &
• Property Administration - including
• Navigation - road, marine & air
• Resource Management - agriculture, mining,
energy, forestry & marineEmergency Services
Response - fire, ambulance & police
• Business Planning
• Disaster Management
Who is implementing the ASDI?
• ANZLIC - the spatial information council, is the
peak inter-governmental council responsible for
the coordination of spatial information
management in Australia and New Zealand. It is
responsible for leading the development of the
• Within the Commonwealth, a three-tiered
structure has been implemented to coordinate its
spatial information interests. The Commonwealth
Office of Spatial Data Management (OSDM)
acts as the operational part of the structure.
• The ASDI comprises four linked, core
– the institutional framework,
– fundamental datasets,
– technical standards and protocols
– clearing-house networks.
• The ASDI will use the newGeocentric
Datum of Australia (GDA)
• ANZLIC metadata guidelines
• ANZLIC Metadata Entry Tool (MET) (to assist
with the implementation of the metadata
• In addition to the MET, there are a number of
commercially and freely available metadata
collection and management tools that have been
developed to meet various needs.
• Geographic Extent Name (GEN) Register
Geoscience Australia Initiatives
• the Australia Spatial Data Directory (ASDD).
• the ASDI Partership Grants Program
• Metadata management
Coordination Bodies, Australian
• Commonwealth Spatial Data Policy Executive (CSDPE)
• Commonwealth Spatial Data Management Group
• Commonwealth Office of Spatial Data Management
• ANZLIC - the spatial information council
• Committee for Geographical Names in Australia (CGNA)
• Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping
• Global Mapping Project
• The Antarctic Geographic Data Integration Project.
• Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
• International Steering Committee on Global Mapping
• Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the
• Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research Working Group
on Geodesy and Geographic Information (SCAR WG-GGI).
• United Nations Regional Cartographic Conferences
Commonwealth Spatial Data
• Supporting ANZLIC.
• The lead responsibility for ASDI implementation in the
Commonwealth Government is with the Australian Surveying and
Land Information Group (AUSLIG), the National Mapping Agency.
• CSDC is also developing the ASDI by implementing a number of
• Australian Spatial Data Directory (ASDD)
• Spatial Data Clearinghouse Trial
• ASDI Fundamental Data
• ASDI Compliance Testing
Spatial Data Infrastructure Standing Committee
Terms of Reference
Role of the Standing Committee
• The ANZLIC SDI Standing Committee
will coordinate ANZLIC ASDI technical
implementation projects and ASDI-
related activities of ICSM and ANZLIC
sub-committees and working groups.
• The Standing Committee shall determine the
budget required for all elements of the Work Plan.
It shall recommend which of the elements should
be funded by ANZLIC and shall advise Council on
proposed funding arrangements for those
elements not covered by ANZLIC funding.
• ANZLIC will consider the advice of the Standing
Committee in the determination of its overall
budget and will subsequently advise the Standing
Committee of its approved budget. Funds will be
administered by the Executive Officer with the
advice of the Chairperson. The Chairperson will
report to Council on expenditure against the
Budget and Timeframe (2000)
Task Description Timeframe Budget Lead
1. Coordination and Project Mgt
1.1 Appoint ANZLIC ASDI Project Officer Feb 2000 $93,000 SA
1.2 Establish liaison with national groups Mar 2000 Nil Chair SC
2. Institutional Framework / Policy
2.1 Principles for national datasets Mar 2000 Nil WA
2.2 Custodianship guidelines Mar 2000 SA
2.3 Principles for national sponsors Mar 2000 ICSM
2.4 Role of public and private sectors Mar 2000 C'wealth
Fundamental Datasets (2000)
3.1 Define framework and Mar 2000 Nil Proj
fundamental datasets and priorities Officer
3.2 Identify national sponsors June 2000 SDI SC
3.3 Develop ASDI Compliance Next Yr TBA
3.4 Compliance audit program Next Yr TBA
5.1 Identify and develop national June - Dec Proj Off
standards for priority themes. 2000
5.2 Monitor and provide input to Mar 2000 $16,000 SA
international standards development
being undertaken by ISO TC211
5.3 Undertake Stage 1 of Australian May 2000 $20,000 AMWG
metadata standard development
(Review of current guidelines)
5.4 Undertake Stage 2 of metadata Sep 2000 TBA AMWG
devt. (develop draft Aust profile for ISO
Outreach, Promotion (2000)
6.1 Provide and maintain Internet On-Going Nil Exec
site with current information Officer
6.2 Develop visual identity and June 2000 $4,000 Proj Off
6.3 Develop metadata education Mar 2000 $25,000 QLD
ASDI Workplan (2002)
ANZLIC Work Plan
3. Review and finalise an ANZLIC paper
that defines framework and
fundamental datasets for the ASDI.
This paper will provide a common
understanding that can be applied
ICSM's core focus for the
ASDI will be:
• Spatial Representation of Topographic Data
• Spatial Cadastral;
• Nomenclature (geographical names); and
• Street Addressing.