Indonesia's various local and national government entities increasingly rely on geographic information systems for infrastructure and emergency planning efforts, now made easier by the creation of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure, Clarice Africa writes. The government is at work finishing a base map for the nation that provides information on roads, buildings and bodies of water. "It has become part of the decision-making culture in the government. Because [of] this, the support for geospatial development in Indonesia is strong," said Asep Karsidi, chairman of Indonesia's Geospatial Information Agency.

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