Survey on spatial data sharing in Rwanda

The Centre for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing of the National University of Rwanda conducted a spatial data sharing survey in June 2010. The objectives were to assess the preparedness of organizations to share spatial data in Rwanda. Organizations dealing with spatial data production, management and use were targeted. It assessed the sharing culture and identified the needs and gaps in existing data sharing capability. The result summary is attached below.

The three datasets most sought after are fundamental datasets. These are administrative boundaries data accounting for 25% of all spatial datasets used, topographic maps (15%) and orthophotos (14%). Free access to spatial data in Rwanda is the most supported option among organisations using geospatial technology (60%). The major barrier to spatial data sharing identified is the lack of a national spatial data policy especially, the need for a spatial data sharing policy in organizations.

The survey was funded by the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) small grant award (2009/2010) and the Rwanda Development Gateway Group grant at the CGIS-NUR.

For further information contact Dr. Felicia Akinyemi: felicia.akinyemi [at]

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