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Part 3 Your Responses

2    Vision and Principles

One possible vision for the ISDI is set out below.

To have substantial amounts of harmonised, high quality spatial data readily available and widely used in ways which effectively meet social, economic, environmental and governance needs within the State and which fulfil Ireland's international obligations.

A set of possible principles which is based on those prepared as part of the EU INSPIRE initiative is indicated below.

  • Spatial data should be collected once and maintained at the level where this can be done most effectively.
  • It should be possible to combine seamlessly spatial data from different sources, and share such data between many users.
  • Spatial data needed for good governance at all levels should be abundant and available under conditions that place minimal or no restraints on its extensive use.
  • It should be easy to discover which spatial data are available, fits the needs for a particular use and under which conditions it can be acquired and used.
  • Spatial data should be easy to understand and interpret in a user-friendly way, within an appropriate context.
  • Spatial data in Ireland should be substantially compatible with Northern Ireland spatial¬†data and with emerging European and world spatial data¬†infrastructures.


(1)    Are the vision and principles suitable?

(2)    Are they sufficiently clear?

(3)    Are they sufficient to provide enthusiasm and motivation?

(4)    What might be some of the consequences of adopting the vision and the principles?

(5)    If they require alteration, what changes should be made?

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