Ms Nicolene Fourie
She is a Principal Researcher: Geo-Informatics at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka Institute. The responsibilities of her portfolio include the deepening of the CSIR capability in information science for spatial information governance and management models in support of Advanced Spatial Data Infrastructure (ASDI), geospatial data processing and geospatial data custodianship. She is responsible for the formulation, development and implementation of the Research and Development (R&D) strategies for information science for ASDI. Nicolene holds a BSc in Geography and a Masters in Business Administration with 27 years of operational, managerial and strategic experience in the Geomatics field ranging from surveying support, cartography, photogrammetry and GIS. The last 11 years was dedicated to Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) development on an organisational, sectorial and national level. She is the chair for the Data Sub-committee (CSI:DSC) for the Committee for Spatial Information(CSI), the national SDI statutory body in South Africa. As chair she directs the SDI workprogram for data custodianship, metadata and SDI integration within the terrestrial, coastal and marine spheres on a national level.