The Challenge of Spatial Data Infrastructure for Effective Planning in Developing Countries – The Nigeria Example

Fasona, M.J (2003)

Scholarly article


The need for spatial data infrastructure in Nigeria has never been pertinent than now. The last one and half years marked tremendous growth in the telecommunication industry in Nigeria. With the debut of the global system of mobile (GSM) technology came an increase in demand for geospatial data for network propagation planning. It came as a shock to some that spatial data that are often available as commercial off the shelf (COTS) commodity in other parts of the world are very difficult to come by in Nigeria. This paper therefore examines the status of spatial data in Nigeria, the challenges facing spatial data infrastructure (SDI), current SDI efforts and initiatives, as well as the prospects for the future