Computerisation of Records and Spatial Data Sharing

There have been efforts to institutionalise a Malawi Geographic Information Council MAGIC and a National Spatial Data Centre (NSDC) in the country to coordinate acquisition and sharing of geo-information among producers and users and encourage and assist in the development of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

The NSDI is the secretariat and clearing house for MAGIC and its role is to facilitate access for users to standard and harmonized national digital spatial data sets.

Although not yet legalised (awaiting approval of the Land Survey Bill) MAGIC’s function will be advisory and regulatory.

In terms of digital data, Malawi already has one of the most complete national foundation data sets in the region covering the main themes of mapping.  This valuable resource which was developed through DANIDA/World Bank Funded District and National Land Mapping and Management Project must be utilized efficiently and further developed and updated for development planning and poverty reduction.

NSDC has the capacity to develop complete GIS related applications for users through joint ventures projects.  In addition the Department of Surveys signed a memorandum of understanding with six Departments to share data through NSDC web portal known as Malawi Spatial Data Portal (MASDAP).