Economic importance of spatial data system discussedSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The international conference themed ‘Role of Spatial Data Infrastructure in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)’ was held at the United Nations (UN) Office in Mongolia on September 20. The economic importance of spatial information system and its role in making public services more accessible and faster were highlighted at the conference.
Emphasizing the importance of the conference, Head of the Geospatial Information and Technology Division at the Agency for Land Administration and Management, Geodesy and Cartography E.Bayarmaa said “Spatial information is any position-based information, that answers the question where. It plays an important role in making the public services more accessible, improved and faster, and in all kinds of planning. For instance, the system is a foundation for proper urban planning. With the help of this system, the location of schools, kindergartens, railways and where to do farming is defined. The policy document on Spatial Data Infrastructure is expected to be submitted to the Government.”
About 150 representatives of the State, domestic NGOs, Great Britain, US, Japan, Indonesia and Bangladesh participated in the conference and held discussions on the role of spatial data infrastructure in the achievement of SDGs, state policy and legal environment.
Director International Engagement of UK Ordnance Survey, Mr. John Kedar delivered a presentation on ‘Types of world basic geospatial data’. Noting the economic importance of spatial data system, he said “Effort of every country is important, when the whole world is working to create spatial information system. The geospatial data system was established in the UK 30 years ago. According to the international surveys, the geospatial data system is economically beneficial and it is possible to earn USD 50-100 million. Mongolia can also benefit by developing the geospatial data system.”