Improving data collection and management in Tanzania and Zanzibar

Recommendations enabling implementation of spatial data infrastructure policy to support public service.

In collaboration with The World Bank, Ordnance Survey provided practical geospatial training and an assessment of spatial data infrastructure policy in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. This work provided skills development in the areas of data collection and management for various Ministries and data stakeholders. It also strengthened an understanding of the need to build a strong geospatial foundation to support public services.

What were the challenges?

  • Understanding the current geospatial capability of mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar and the desired future state
  • Identifying critical applications of geospatial data in public services
  • Advising fit-for-purpose data collection methods
  • Strengthening partnerships between Ministries and the private sector
  • Socialising and embedding geospatial principles

What was the solution?

Tanzania has been making significant progress into the use of geospatial data in many areas including improving urban resilience. Ordnance Survey brought its unique blend of national data management, open data and government policy expertise to support Tanzania further to embed this into policies and operations.

— Edward Anderson, Senior Urban and Disaster Risk Management Specialist for the World Bank
Working directly with several Ministries in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, Ordnance Survey reviewed existing policy documents to consider the current state of geospatial and data policy. Holding seminars with senior government officials, Ordnance Survey’s policy experts gained an understanding of how geospatial data is used in public services such as revenue collection, land administration, disaster management, infrastructure planning and environmental protection. Ordnance Survey provided recommendations for spatial
data infrastructure policy development and methods for implementing rigour around governance and responsibilities, strengthening the nation’s ability to meet future public needs.

Intensive technical training was provided to more than 70 representatives including planners, statisticians, cartographers, data analysts, disaster management experts and environmentalists. Each participant had a common goal – to provide improved public services through the use of quality geospatial information. Training included data collection and management techniques, data standards and specifications, data analysis and visualisation.

What were the benefits?

  • Strong relationships forged between geospatial practitioners and government
  • Strong sense of community between GI users
  • Awareness of data collection initiatives and opportunities for synergies betweend epartments
  • Geospatial policy development has support and is a priority at a senior level
  • Geospatial data recognised as critical infrastructure
  • Key projects relying on geospatial data recognised

How can we help you?

Ordnance Survey provides consultancy and technology services in a wide range of areas including data modelling, strategy and vision, geomaturity assessments, geographic information system roadmaps and providing support for major national events. Presence in United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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