Spatial Information Clearinghouse - Home
to the Spatial Information Clearinghouse for Humanitarian Mine
Action. This site is intended as an educational resource for
members of the demining community on Spatial Data and Geographic
Spatial data is the foundation
of information systems that can empower users to make better decisions.
These systems are capable of large volumes of data processing, but
are useless without data to calculate. It is this data about the
location, shape of, and relationships among, geographic features
that reveals the true potential of Geographic Information Systems
This site is devoted to the understanding of the many
facets of spatial data, and how that data can be implemented to
increase efficiency and streamline workflow. The Spatial
Data Issues section is a primer for the usage and understanding
of spatial data.
This site is also dedicated to the acquisition of
spatial data. A Clearinghouse
of metadata is provided
to assist in the process of finding international data sources.
Acquiring the proper data is one of the most time consuming aspects
of any spatial data project.
here for a PowerPoint introduction to the SIC. (Internet
Explorer 6 on a PC recommended.)
At the 1998 Demining Conference in Ispra Italy,
James Madison University (JMU) introduced the idea for a Spatial
Data Clearinghouse for Humanitarian Demining. In 1999, a team comprising
of faculty and students, evaluated the feasibility of a worldwide
spatial data clearinghouse. The purpose of such a clearinghouse
would be to aid demining organizations in better understanding,
acquiring and using geo-spatial data to streamline their respective
operations. This site is the current evolution of that project.
It focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of geospatial