Geoforum perspektiv.

Sabine Hennig, Mariana Belgui

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Today, Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) play a key role in spatial information sharing. Since their beginning, SDIs undertook tremendous changes. Product-based (first-generation)models evolved to process-based (second-generation) SDI models. Now we face shift to user-centric, third-generation SDI. Compared to former SDI concepts, the development of third-generation SDI is increasingly driven by users. Within the framework of the EU project Nature-SDIplus, we proposed the application of the interdisciplinary and wide-ranging concept of usability relating to commonly known software development processes as solution to design a user-centric SDI. Based on the results of a Europe-wide user survey, the status quo on nature conservation’s spatial data use was described, user requirements were specified,target user groups of a domain specific SDI were identified, and recommendations made to contribute to user-centric Nature-SDI.
Original languageGerman
JournalGeoforum Perspektiv
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012

  • 105 Geosciences

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Hennig, S., & Belgui, M. (2012). Geoforum perspektiv. Geoforum Perspektiv, 10(20).