Being in its 2nd quarter of implementation, the Twinning project ”Improving spatial data services in the Republic of Moldova according to EU standards”, financed by the European Union, continues the series of commenced activities, completing them with new ones and involving more public institutions in the complex world named National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
Together with the Project Leaders from Republic of Moldova (beneficiary institution – Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre – ALRC), Croatia (State Geodetic Administration and Central Finance and Contracting Authority), Poland (Head Office for Geodesy and Cartography) and the Netherlands (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), and the Project Manager from the EU Delegation to Republic of Moldova, the second Steering Committee meeting took place on the 19 January 2021, serving as a platform for discussing the accomplishments and challenges, as well as tasks planned for the future.
It is well-known that public institutions in the Republic of Moldova hold plenty of data which might be useful within the NSDI, but some of them continue to remain on paper, without being geo-referenced or developed according to modern technical specifications. Consequently, two activities of the Twinning project focus on developing the methodology for analogue-to-digital conversion of data and the methodology for geo-referencing. In order to obtain a clear overview of the analogue data at the country level, ALRC together with the Twinning project experts performed an inventory of existing spatial data by means of online interviews with the representatives of public entities responsible for NSDI, managing to identify the data in analogue format and include them into a Catalogue of analogue data (e.g. topographic and geological maps, forestry maps). Further on, the Twinning project experts developed the Guidelines on analogue-to-digital conversion, and its content was presented to public entities that are holders of analogue data. Currently, the second stage is being carried out – development of the Guidelines for geo-referencing scanned spatial data. Likewise, the document will be introduced and discussed with the concerned public entities. Both Guidelines will be officially approved as national standard working procedures.
In addition to that, the Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre together with the Twinning project experts launched the process of drafting the State Programme and the Action Plan in the field of National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The concerned documents will include major contributions to the NSDI field consolidation, starting with:
- Update of the legislative and normative framework,
- Development of a new NSDI Geoportal, based on modern technical specifications and software solutions,
- Development of spatial data and services.
All planned tasks aim to ensure the process of sharing spatial data among public entities, which leads by default to avoiding the duplication of costs and efforts, and contributes to the improvement of the state-level decision-taking processes.