Aiming to Build a Life Spatial Information Infrastructure
--Suggestions for Advanced Utilization of Geographic Information System--

Reference Document

Questionnaire Survey Results relating to GIS

(rough draft)

  1. Number surveyed: 145 member companies of Keidanren

  2. Number of responses: 83 companies (cumulative, 143 companies)

  3. Response ratio:57.2%

  4. Response details

    1. Current status of map utilization
      1. About 80% of companies that are members of Keidanren utilize maps in their work in one form or another. Companies are split nearly 50-50 between usage of paper maps and usage of digital maps.

      2. At present, map information in most cases is obtained in the form of CD-ROMs or books. On-line information acquisition accounted for about 15% of the total, but 47% of responding companies think providing information on-line is desirable. In addition, cases where the user obtained information from books by going to the location where the books are stored and perusing and copying the information account for 46% of the total.

      1. Utilization of maps in work
      2. Yes:79%

      3. Form of map utilization
      4. Digital:46%
        Paper maps:54%

      5. Problems with paper maps
      6. (1) Difficult to revise or add to:33%
        (2) Difficulty sharing:5%
        (3) Storage space:7%
        (4) Overlapping/mounting difficulties:13%
        (5) Too expensive:15%
        (6) Access is difficult:15%
        (7) Updating frequency slow:7%
        (8) Other (copyrights, 3D, etc):5%

      7. Plan to digitalize paper maps
      8. Yes:42%

      9. Current map information access method
      10. CD-ROM:29%
        Non-disclosed information:10%

      11. Desired supply methods
      12. On-line, access when necessary:47%
        Real-time access:11%
        Appropriate frequency:5%

    2. Problems companies have in promoting utilization of GIS
    3. The primary obstacles companies face in introducing and utilizing GIS are costs related to organizing, maintaining and updating data as well as the inadequacy of data that can be utilized.

      Costs required in organizing data87
      Costs required in maintaining and updating data65
      Inadequacy of data that can be utilized59
      Costs of organizing systems, terminals, etc.28
      Problems related to intellectual property rights such as copyrights during data distribution21
      Problems related to privacy and corporate secrets during data distribution8

    4. Topics government should address in the near-term future
    5. Topics that the government should address in the near-term future include computerizing and allowing electronic access to map data, statistical data and ledger data stored by the government. In addition, many companies cited promotion of basic organization for GIS sharing and mutual utilization and reevaluation of a system to cope with digitalization of maps.

      Computerization and electronic access to government map data101
      Promotion of basic organization for GIS sharing and mutual utilization81
      Computerization and electronic access to government statistical data79
      Computerization and electronic access to government ledger data67
      Reevaluating system65
      Promotion of GIS organization and utilization in the public sector54
      Utilization in the public sector of digital maps from the private sector36

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