Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) Launches in Hong Kong
Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) to boost Smart City Blueprint
The Hong Kong Government continues to surge ahead with its Smart City Blueprint thanks to its latest launch. The Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) portal is its latest offering and a key initiative of the Blueprint. The CSDI aims to position itself as the go-to platform for people to access spatial data for free.
Accompanying the CSDI portal launch is the pioneering 3D Visualisation Map dataset, an innovation of HK’s Land Development. This dataset will complement and enhance the CSDI application with its individualised models of the Kowloon East region.
The CSDI Portal allows the Government to share its spatial data with the nation and encourage collaborative development. This will facilitate application development and enhance the country’s digital economy while continuing to elevate its map-making abilities. Overall, the portal will empower the population and upgrade the standard of living in Hong Kong.
Spatial Data Portals
The Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) works by providing a digital framework or infrastructure that has a topographical overlay. According to the HK Development Bureau, this map-based system will be a comprehensive, one-stop solution for all stakeholders. People will be able to access the portal for free to conduct searches, download information or view spatial data.
The portal itself will host more than 500 spatial datasets – i.e., categories of information with spatial observatory data. It extends to Framework Spatial Data Themes and facilitates cross-referencing with other datasets. For example, the 3D Visualisation Map dataset is ideal with its detailed models of thousands of buildings, flyovers, subways, etc. More 3D digital maps of other regions will be available soon for a more comprehensive picture of the country.
The CSDI portal covers addresses, population, planning and works. It also encompasses transport, buildings, land, and land parcels. Overall, these spatial datasets will come from various government departments and provide location references.
Building Smart Cities
Hong Kong’s Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) platform is an exciting and innovative step in the Smart City Blueprint. Along with the 3D Visualisation Map, it will facilitate application development and empower users to excel. With the capability for urban planning and design, management and development, etc., the CSDI is setting the stage for excellence. Hong Kong is well and truly on its way to becoming a Smart City in the modern world.
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