Introduction Fundamentals Geospatial Data Data

Defining FGDS

Fundamental geospatial data sets (FGDS) are those data types that are most commonly needed by multiple entities within the BNSDI community.

Classification Schema

FGDS data are grouped according to certain classes and themes of data to help identify those that are related from a data modeling perspective.

Scale And Accuracy

Different applications of geospatial data have different requirements for geographic scale and levels of spatial detail and accuracy.


Metadata is the data about data, basically a standardized catalog that describes existing data holding.

Framework Data and Fundamental Registries

Some FGDS are also considered Framework data, in that they represent geospatial primitives that can be used as an essential framework for georeferencing other information.

Computing Infrastructure

The computing infrastructure of the BNSDI will be generally compliant with international standards for enterprise service oriented architecture.

Human Capacity

Developing, managing and using the BNSDI requires a variety of skills. Development of the suitable human capacity needed to fulfill the requirements in each part of the system.

Institutional Framework

The BNSDI institutional environment provides the foundation on top of which the information infrastructure and related business solutions are implemented.

Geospatial Data Framework

The Fundamental Geospatial Data Set (FGDS) developed within the “Data Inventory and Assessment” report is summarized here for ease of cross-referencing against the other interdependent framework components.


BNSDI application grouping are those areas of related functional requirements that are needed either to support the management and operation of a central or network node metadata server and data clearinghouse.

Tabular and Spatial Relationships

The interrelationships among geographic datasets and tabular or other information media that can be related to geographic data depends upon either tabular relational keys, or a specific geographic equivalency.

Business Framework

This section addresses the functional business areas of Belize government and society that can be supported by GIS and the BNSDI.

Data Structure and Format

The physical structure and format of data will impact how effectively the same information can be used by multiple organizations to support different applications.

Data Custodianship

Data custodianship considerations are addressed where appropriate in the Data Inventory & Assessment report.

Data Security

It is important for the sake of privacy, security, confidentiality, intellectual property rights, and government transparency and public information access rights to know that the overall security

Data Backup Service

Any proper IT system and database backup and recovery should be started by preparing a back and recovery plan that can satisfy the business needs as appropriate.