AD-SDI celebrates GIS Day and its latest achievements

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure, AD-SDI, has celebrated GIS Day, reviewing its latest achievements at an event held in Abu Dhabi.

GIS Day is a grassroots educational event created and promoted by the GIS company Esri that enables geographic information systems (GIS) users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS.

The event hosted by Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre, ADSIC, was attended by officials from 70 entities, all of which play a very important role within the AD-SDI programme.

“We are happy to join in the worldwide celebration of GIS Day as we truly believe geospatial technology has the power to improve lives,” said Khawla Al Fahim, Executive Manager at Spatial Data Centre.

“As we work hard to make daily advances to support the transformation process of e-government services in Abu Dhabi, it is of utmost importance to constantly look back at what was accomplished and retrace our steps in order to celebrate our successes and make a critical evaluation of what needs to be improved,” added Al Fahim.

Among the 2014 achievements, Al Fahim highlighted the new and improved satellite, that now covers the entire country and not only Abu Dhabi, the recognition by the United Nations of UAE efforts towards geo-maturity in the Manual of Americas, the extension of the Esri MOU until December 2017 and the participation in major events, such as the Esri International User Conference, the GIS Mena Forum and GISWORX’14.

“Looking ahead at 2015, we will carry out a second geo-maturity assessment and compare its results against the previous assessment done in 2011. We will continue to identify and respond to the needs of users, working in collaboration across the core sectors towards government services transformation,” concluded Al Fahim.