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PacGeo - Pacific Spatial Data Infrastructure

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SPC, GRID-Arendal, Geoscience Australia, University of Sydney
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PacGeo is an open access geospatial data repository for the Pacific Region providing premier geophysical, geodetic, and marine spatial data sets. Developed through collaboration between the GeoScience Division of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (GSD/SPC), University of Sydney, Geoscience Australia (GA), and GRID-Arendal. The development of PacGeo was combined with targeted training and capacity building activities conducted at the Pacific Maritime Boundary Working Group Meetings, held twice yearly at the University of Sydney and at other ad hoc events in the region.
The training has focussed on the deployment, and use of the PacGeo portal and has developed a strong community of practice in the Pacific Region. As a result of this initial training the project has spread and 11 countries have now deployed their own national and/or departmental spatial data platforms based on the PacGeo model. To date this includes the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Palau, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. These are being used in management and decision making in the region, underpinning the recently adopted United Nations sustainable development goals.