The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of geographic information (GI) policy. A review of the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) concept gives readers a framework for government GI organization, access, and use policy issues. The chapter concludes with an in-depth analyses of the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which summarizes one country’s past approaches and future directions for SDI implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Geography
Number of pages25
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Geography
ISSN (Print)2194-315X
ISSN (Electronic)2194-3168


  • Geographic information
  • Geographic information system
  • Geospatial data
  • Triple bottom line
  • United states geological survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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    Bishop, W., & Grubesic, A. (2016). Policy. In Springer Geography (pp. 53-77). (Springer Geography). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22789-4_4