Spatial Data Infrastructure Manual for the Americas

The Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Manual for the Americas has been developed from work of the Working Group on Planning (GTplan) of the then Permanent Committee on Geospatial Data Infrastructure for the Americas (PC-IDEA). GeoConnections (, Natural Resources Canada, led the research and development of the Manual to address the needs of UN-GGIM Americas Member States. This Manual is intended to provide guidance for government officials and other stakeholders in the Americas in their efforts to plan, develop and implement SDI initiatives. The Manual has been designed to address several topics not covered by previous SDI manuals, including user-needs assessments, SDI governance, policy processes, and measuring and monitoring the impacts and benefits of SDIs. The Manual is based on existing best practices and case studies and highlights examples from UN-GGIM America Member States.