the spatial information industry
The spatial information industry comprises a range of disciplines, which include remote sensing and photogrammetry, mapping and surveying, land administration and geographic information systems, together with related software development and provision of value-added services. Its major product markets and user communities include environmental monitoring, mobile location-based services, customer relationship management and the management of natural resources, assets, land and emergencies. It contains a wide range of commercial (private sector) entities; government agencies at national, State, Territory, regional and local levels; not for profit bodies in the academic sector and non-government organisations; and bodies falling among and across these sectors, such as commercialised government enterprises, joint ventures and research and development corporations.
As the industry becomes established more people are becoming aware of the benefits of using spatial information and associated systems. New communities of practice, such as emergency managers and natural resource managers, are using spatial information as a tool to assist in the decision-making process.
On 25 September 2001, Senator Nick Minchin launched the Spatial Information Industry Action Agenda Positioning for Growth (the Action Agenda) to support the emerging spatial information industry. The industry aims to provide decision-makers in all areas of the community with access to quality spatial information services to help them make more effective decisions.
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