FIG Working Week 2000, 21-26 May, Prague

źNorway GI-digital╗ - an Infrastructure for the Entire Society

Local - Regional - National

by Kari Strande

Key words: Norway GI-Digital, Governmental Policy, Co-operation , Efficiency. 



Norway shall keep an infrastructure of common geographic information that develop according to the users demands and technology. Geographic basic information both for sea and land areas called "Norway GI-digital" will be a part of this infrastructure


źNorway GI-digital╗ will be a common database for everyone.

Key data will kept continuously up to date. Data will be accessible on Internet

źNorway GI-digital╗ can only be realised in co-operation

between the municipalities, the state, and the largest users

Objectives to źNorway GI-digital╗
  • More efficient private sector i. g. within transportation at land, sea and in air
  • More efficient public sector, better service to the public,
    better decision-making, increased participation (LA 21)
  • Better management of areas environmental and natural resources
  • Increased safety and readiness
IT-Policy for Municipalities

"Municipalities and counties ought to take part in the development of national geographic information systems that can contribute to increased value for society. Establishment of such information systems must be based on agreements between municipalities and the state where these are equal partners with equal rights to the use of data."

Co-operation Partners
  • Municipalities, Public Road Administration, Telenor (telecoms)
  • Electricity companies, Agriculture, NSB (railways)
  • Norwegian Mapping Authority
Content of źNorway GI-digital╗
Present Situation 

The government has prepared a white paper for the Parliament about the future Norwegian Policy on National Spatial Information Infrastructure. It was prepared for the Parliament in the spring session 2000. With the change in the Norwegian Government in March it may be delayed.

Kari Strande, Advicer International affairs
Statens Kartverk
Servicebox 15 
N-3504 H°nefoss
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