As airports’ use of software systems and applications that use geospatial data (e.g., GIS/CAD/BIM) has increased, airports have often struggled with feeding those systems timely, accurate, and complete data. Various entities use disparate applications and data sources, and priorities and missions vary. Often, data are locked up within various division silos, and are not well maintained. Compounding these challenges is the lack of holistic, organized, and systematic methods for ensuring quality data and timely dissemination to meet an airport’s needs. Airports would benefit from research to identify ways of building cross-organizational relationships, defining roles and responsibilities, and establishing policies and procedures.
The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook that provides best practices for geospatial data governance throughout and across an airport organization, including submittal standards, roles and responsibilities, data sharing protocols, data development and maintenance workflows, and engagement of stakeholders—both internal and external to the airport.