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GDEST 2008 Conference Sessions

Theme 2 - Analysis of Regional Challenges
Towards a Spatial Data Infrastructure for Somalia using Open Source Standards
Craig Von Hagen, United Nations SIMaC, Kenya

SDI is a well known concept in Africa. Many countries are on the way to having a formal SDI strategy. Certain countries such as Somalia are starting the process of nation building after years of war. These countries stand to leapfrog other African countries by implementing current SDI best practices. The FAO-SWALIM project is in the unique position to be able to assist Somali authorities in providing some of the building blocks for SDI development, even though SWALIM does not have the legal mandate to do so. This paper highlights what SWALIM can currently contribute and what significant work (and resources) are still required for a Somalia National SDI.