The Lao DECIDE info is an initiative of the Government of the Lao PDR that strives to improve access to key data and information for development planning and well-informed decision-making in the Lao PDR.
The web platform is designed to facilitate sharing and integration of official data and information among sectors and administrative levels. While the data and information on the DECIDE info platform is owned by individual institutions of the Government of the Lao PDR, access is granted to a wide range of users.
Through a set of tools, key national information bases are made accessible for geographic exploration, querying, analysing, and downloading. The DECIDE platform is designed to offer tools for a variety of different users, including simple map explorers for the novices, to advanced spatial query tools for more experienced analysts. Equally, the data and information is made available in various formats that suit the individual needs of a diversity of users. The Lao DECIDE info platform thereby actively promotes the use and exchange of spatial and statistical data across sectors.
The platform initially piloted with village-level information from the Lao national Population and Housing Census 2005, and currently expands the range of data to incorporate high-resolution data from the Lao Census of Agriculture 2010/11, as well as potentially in the near future from the national State Land Leases and Concessions Inventory to facilitate interdisciplinary, spatially integrated development planning.