Matt Ball — "The approaches for spatial data infrastructure (SDI) vary widely within these continents, and particularly from country to country in North America. One overriding difference in data policy that still has broad play across regions is the fee vs. free model for data collected by the government. The United States has long made federal data available for free, and has cultivated a strong geospatial industry based on that openness."
Matt Ball — "While it’s recognized that many practitioners of geospatial technology have some element of design in their job description, a predominant amount of GIS work still revolves around data creation without an eye toward affecting change. The idea of spatial design is to get out from behind database maintenance, engage in spatial analysis, and provide direction and goals from the data we have amassed."