Geo-information is the basis for planning, measures and decisions of all kinds: in administration, politics, economy and science as well as in the private sector. It is a significant economic asset and an essential prerequisite for a well-functioning democracy.
In order to use geo-information effectively, it must be up to date, compatible and available on a broad basis. Coordinated policy as well as uniform standards and technologies are essential on the national and local levels.
The creation of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) aims at a broader and more intensive use in addition to a significantly improved creation of value from existing geo-information. The result for all parties is a marked increase of the socio-economic use: for the administrations on the federal, cantonal and municipal levels, for private businesses and the scientific community as well as for private citizens.