In Abu Dhabi, government entities have invested heavily in GIS technology and geospatial data to meet their own organizational needs. This timely collection, preservation, and distribution of relevant geospatial data is critical to maintain the emirate's spatial data infrastructure and ensure the smooth running of its many governmental and commercial activities. Accordingly, the ADSIC wanted to gather all the Abu Dhabi data and maps with different accessibility privileges in a unified geospatial portal.
To support the effective usage and sharing of geospatial information in Abu Dhabi, ADSIC launched the AD-SDI initiative, QSIT developed, to provide a framework of standards, policies, data, procedures, technology, and capable staff.
The operations team at the Spatial Data Center (SDC) is utilizing the ArcGIS software suite for data processing, data review and assessment, publication of map services, and GIS analysis and cartography for special projects. Esri technology has also been used in developing the AD-SDI clearinghouse and associated metadata catalog and the supporting services based on ArcGIS Server technology and REST and SOAP interfaces, in addition to mobile GIS applications based on the ArcGIS Mobile solution. Other map viewers were built using Flex and Java APIs.