Abu Dhabi GIS Day 2008

GIS Day Abu Dhabi 2008

Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Committee (ADSIC) launched GIS Day 2008 in Abu Dhabi on November 19, 2008 under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council. A multi-sector GIS Day event was held in the region for the first time and was broadly attended. It brought together leaders, decision-makers, government executives, educators, interested members of the general public and all manner of local and regional GIS technology champions all under the same roof to network and shared ideas and experiences. The event showcased the exemplary work being carried out by over 17 organisations that are leading the way in GIS development in Abu Dhabi, and highlighted the important role of the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) programme in helping to facilitate, coordinate, support and promote cross-agency coordination and sharing of information. Representatives of all the leading agencies and institutions involved in GIS as well as ADSIC staff were on hand to explain and show off their good work. ADSIC showcased the Abu Dhabi GeoPortal, a web-based system for government agencies to share over 200 layers of geographic information. This event was a must-see for anybody interested in maps and geography and the modern tools that are being used to manage the rapidly expanding and changing landscape of Abu Dhabi Emirate.

HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, said in his speech at the event: "spatial information combined with temporal dimension and mobility solutions is becoming an integral component of our daily socio-economic fabric for citizens, businesses and governments alike"

His Excellency Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, ADSIC Chairman has stated, "Abu Dhabi is experiencing an unprecedented economic, financial and urban growth that made Abu Dhabi the focal of international attention, and geographically based information gives us the means to better understand the world around us, plan effectively and comprehensively make informed decisions, and carry out the results of those decisions in a coordinated and efficient way."

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology provides computerised tools for recording, analysing and displaying geographic maps and information. Once an obscure technology that was only usable by technical specialists, today the technology is being built into our everyday life, from mapping systems in the cars we drive, to the management of critical infrastructure, planning our communities, building our economy and protecting our environmental and cultural heritage.

It is worth mentioning that ADSIC issued the Strategic Plan for the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure earlier this year setting a strong foundation from which to empower government and society with convenient, controlled access to high quality and up-to-date geographic information and spatially enabled e-government services.

The Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure is considered a cornerstone of the e-Government initiative mandated to ADSIC by the leadership His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of The Executive Council Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi e-Government initiative is an integral part of the far-reaching Emirate Policy Agenda.