The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is one that shares, uses and integrates a wide range of spatial data for social, economic and environmental benefit and has been identified as one of the key initiatives identified under the Digital Economy of the Government of Sri Lanka. It is a platform that maintains spatial data intended to create a common environment where all stakeholders and the public can corporate with each other, access relevant data, make timely decisions as well as contribute in providing relevant data for others to use. This will enable data sharing, avoid duplication in data collection, increase efficiency and collaboration among organizations.

Currently, NSDI Phase I system has been developed which includes a National Map Portal, a Metadata Catalogue, the Website (www.nsdi.gov.lk) and Five Use Case Applications to demonstrate the functionalities of NSDI and its benefits.  It allows users to discover, view and obtain spatial information online for a particular part of the country without needing to know the details of how the data is stored and maintained by independent organizations.

Twenty six government organizations including Survey Department, Disaster Management Centre, Department of Forest, Department of Wildlife, Urban Development Authority, Department of Archaeology, Department of Agriculture etc. have contributed with more than sixty five spatial data layers for the NSDI.

Project Objectives

To enhance convenience  and optimum use of up to date and reliable spatial data for making  institutional and operational decision making process more effective,  innovative and varied citizen services and applications across all sectors .

In Essence

National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) provides a platform to create, analyze and discover spatial information online for effective evidence based decision making.

  1. Increased usage and adoption of spatial data among the citizens.
  1. Improved evidence-based decision making through availability of up to date spatial data.
  1. Availability of innovative and varied citizen and business services/ applications (final outcome) through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
  2. Improved organizational efficiency and effectiveness

National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) provides a platform to create, analyze and discover spatial information online for effective evidence based decision making.

1.    Increased usage and adoption of spatial data among the citizens.

2.    Improved evidence-based decision making through availability of up to date spatial data.

3.    Availability of innovative and varied citizen and business services/ applications (final outcome) through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

4.    Improved organizational efficiency and effectiveness    NSDI website is live on www.nsdi.gov.lk including National Map Portal and Metadata Catalogue

Five use case applications developed for
•    Department of Agriculture,
•    Department of Archaeology,
•    Urban Development Authority,
•    Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

26 government organizations are on board

More than 65 data layers available

Ten Residential workshops on GIS data processing techniques conducted for 300 government field officers

20 system training sessions conducted for 200 government officers

10 Awareness Sessions were conducted for 200 government officers

Launch of the NSDI System

The NSDI system was launched on 20th December 2018. It was emphasized by the speakers at the Launch event that the government sector, private sector, NGO’s & public must contribute to have a fully-fledged system up and running to reap the benefits that will extend across the government, businesses and citizens through to smaller community levels.

Launch NSDI

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