Vol. 34, No. 1
Indonesia NSDI: One Map for the Nation
Indonesia, nestled in the Indian Ocean, is the largest archipelagic country in the world. With the proliferation of complex national development tasks, such as rebuilding after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the need for geospatial information has proved to be a necessity. GIS is an important tool for helping decision makers formulate, implement, monitor, and evaluate national and regional development plans. The technology has proved itself in construction and management of various development and infrastructure projects; emergency measures against natural disasters; environmental protection policies; land use; the cadastral system; forestry, agricultural, land, and building tax; and statistics, marine affairs, and mineral resources management, among many others.