International Tidbits


The National University of Rwanda surveying geospatial data users in the country to determine their needed datasets and vision for data sharing. The results in summary:

The three datasets most sought after are fundamental datasets. These are administrative boundaries data accounting for 25% of all spatial datasets used, topographic maps (15%) and orthophotos (14%). Free access to spatial data in Rwanda is the most supported option among organisations using geospatial technology (60%). The major barrier to spatial data sharing identified is the lack of a national spatial data policy especially, the need for a spatial data sharing policy in organizations.



Should Fiji share its geodata? Pemanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Filimone seems to suggest that fees are appropriate. PSI refers to the Public Sector Information, that used for government projects.

“But will the public sector forego the charging issues when its public knowledge in Fiji and the world over that we cannot even curb piracy in movies,” he said.

“What guarantee there is that PSI can be used by some including non-citizens of this country who do not pay taxes for commercial gains.

“I understand that some government ministries are charging transaction costs through agreement licenses but I guess the question remains is whether all geospatial experts should have access to any data and does standardisation only means compatibility without costs.”

I’m not sure I follow the movie piracy comparison.
- Fiji Times


Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics has decided to not use GPS to (CBS) in its first ever post-war census. Lack of funding and finding staffers to use the technology underlie the decision. A dress rehearsal revealed the challenges.


Published Monday, November 29th, 2010

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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