Assessing geospatial maturity in Oman

NSA is going through a modernisation programme to become better equipped to provide reliable, credible and authoritative geospatial information to underpin all location related decision making.

Oman’s National Survey Authority (NSA) is responsible for all survey activities and providing fundamental geospatial data sets for the Sultanate, as well as assembling and maintaining the Sultanate’s geographic archives.

How mature is your organisation?

Ordnance Survey International undertook a Geospatial Maturity Assessment to establish the maturity of NSA against key geospatial and operational criteria. The results helped identify where NSA should focus its efforts to achieve maximum results and ultimately improve citizen services.

What were the challenges?

Ordnance Survey International’s Geospatial Maturity Assessment has provided us with an invaluable insight into where to focus our efforts, both geospatially and operationally, to transform the organisation in order to meet the demands of a modern nation.

— Saleem Bin Abdullah Al-Hashmi, Director of Geospatial Information, National Survey Authority
- Undertaking a modernisation programme, to meet the demands of a modern mapping organisation to support both civilian and military operations.

- Ensuring NSA is equipped to provide the Omani government and citizens with reliable, credible and authoritative geospatial information to underpin all location related decisions (e.g. protecting citizens and assets, maintaining efficient and effective infrastructure).

- Access to high quality, up-to-date geospatial data, to support the Omani population with a good quality of life, ensuring the sustainability of living and working environments.

- Ensuring NSA is aligned to, and supports, the implementation of major national initiatives such as the Oman National Spatial Strategy and the National Spatial Data infrastructure, which underpin the successful delivery of the Sultanate of Oman 2020 vision.

- Ensuring NSA’s future role in a rapidly developing geospatial community within the Sultanate of Oman, identifying areas of focus for modernisation and activities for prioritisation using the right techniques and information.

- Having sufficient understanding of the environment in which the organisation exists to continually optimise investment.

What was the solution?

With its support, Ordnance Survey International undertook a Geospatial Maturity Assessment of NSA to see how it specifies, collects, manages, distributes, uses and continually improves its geospatial data. It also looked at data management technology and geospatial information system skillsets within the organisation.

The Geospatial Maturity Assessment is based on a unique model, which has been developed over a number of years, based on Ordnance Survey’s own experience and that of its national and international customers.

The maturity of an organisation is objectively assessed against a set of criteria. Assessment is evidence-based and is carried out by a series of interviews with key internal and external stakeholders to establish a maturity score against each of the criteria.

What was the outcome?

- Ordnance Survey International provided NSA with a detailed report assessing its level of maturity against key geospatial and operational criteria.

- The Geospatial Maturity Assessment provided an insight as to what level of maturity NSA should aspire for each of the criteria.

- The report prioritises where NSA should focus its efforts to achieve a greater level of maturity, meet its corporate objectives and improve civilian services. Plus details how this should be achieved and the benefits NSA should expect.

- Provides NSA with a starting point for its modernisation programme.

How can we help you?

Ordnance Survey International provides consultancy services in a wide range of areas including data modelling, strategy and vision, geomaturity assessments, geospatial information system roadmaps and providing support for major national events.

To find out more, please contact: internationalenquiries@os.uk or call +44 (0)3456 050505.

We can also offer a geospatial maturity assessment to help you understand how mature your organisation is and where you need to be.