User Needs Assessment and User Engagement Materials for the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure
Natural Resources Canada
January 2018 – March 2018
The Government of Canada has been promoting and facilitating user needs assessments (UNA) and user centered design (UCD) since GeoConnections Phase II, which ran from 2005 to 2010. GeoConnections is a national initiative designed to make spatial data and analysis as widely available as possible to help Canadian citizens, groups, businesses and communities manage the complex social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues of the 21st Century. The highly technical and specialized world of geospatial data and analysis and the almost infinite diversity of users’ issues and needs is highly complex.
The project focused on conducting UNA and UCD for targeted Canadian stakeholders, the international Arctic community, and Indigenous peoples/communities/organizations across Canada and internationally. The objective of the project is to conceptualize, document, frame and develop detailed UNA and UCD studies in terms of data and services, standards, technologies, operational policies, Indigenous roles and relationships, and collaboration, leadership and governance.
Hatfield worked with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to conduct a UNA to research and detail spatial data infrastructure (SDI) requirements of different communities: Canadian stakeholders (CGDI) and International Arctic community and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, Métis). The resulting UNA provided a 2017-2018 landscape of existing users and new users of the CGDI. The project results helped NRCan understand the key needs for the evolution of the CGDI and Arctic SDI. Furthermore, the results will help guide the development, maintenance, evolution and awareness of both SDIs.