The TAO-GSDI Project

TAO-Pilipinas, Inc. is a women-led, non-profit, non-government organization established in 2001 that provides technical assistance to poor communities in the physical planning, development, and management of their communities. TAO-Pilipinas is working towards the development of sustainable human settlements that are inclusive, people-centered, environment-friendly and promotes equitable distribution of and access to resources. In order to achieve these, TAO-Pilipinas promotes/pursues participatory human settlements planning, development and management; and the enhancement of technical knowledge and skills among stakeholders in the housing and urban development sector especially the marginalized groups.

In support of this vision, TAO-Pilipinas is conducting a research in partnership with the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association on Assessing the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Needs of Non-Government Organizations and Local Government Units in the Philippines to be able to recommend steps for the development and use of Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) and SDI-based services.

The GSDI Association is an inclusive organization of organizations, agencies, firms, and individuals from around the world. The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance.

The project aims to promote the cooperation and sustain the GIT activities of Philippine-based NGOs and LGUs through the development of a spatial data infrastructure. The project requires the conduct of a needs assessment survey on the SDI requirements of the NGO sector and LGUs for the development and use of GIT and SDI-based services. This will hopefully lead to a more efficient means of data sharing/use for the improvement of NGO- and LGU-led initiatives in the Philippines. 

Global Spatial Development Infrastructure Association
TAO-Pilipinas, Inc.