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Spatial Data Infrastructures at Work

Analysing the Spatial Enablement of Public Sector Processes

Ezra Dessers

Publication Year: 2013

In 'Spatial Data Infrastructures at Work', Ezra Dessers introduces spatial enablement as a key concept to describe the realisation of SDI objectives in the context of individual public sector processes. Drawing on four years of research, Dessers argues that it has become essential, even unavoidable, to manage and (re)design inter-organisational process chains in order to further advance the role of SDIs as an enabling platform for a spatially enabled society. Detailed case studies illustrate that the process he describes is the setting in which one can see the SDI at work.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Table of Contents

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pp. 5-8

List of Figures

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p. 9-9

List of Tables

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p. 10-10

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Foreword

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pp. 11-12

The quantity and quality of scholarly research on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has developed massively over the last twenty years. This has been particularly the case with respect to the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). ...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. 13-14

I take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude and deep regards to Geert Van Hootegem and Joep Crompvoets for their exemplary guidance and constant encouragement throughout the course of the research that is presented in this book. ...

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General introduction

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pp. 15-20

Spatial data (also referred to as geospatial, geographic or location-based data) are data that relate to a location on the Earth (Rajabifard et al., 2003a, p.14). Spatial data have always been crucial for governments. From local communities to countries and beyond, governments need information on issues as land ownership, road infrastructure, ...

Part 1: Research framework

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Introduction

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pp. 23-24

Chapter 1 sets the scene, by presenting a social system theory based view on spatial data infrastructures. The chapter states that the concept of SDI as a regulatory infrastructure encompasses two different classes of objectives, functional and adoption, as well as three classes of components, organisational structures, ...

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Chapter 1. Setting the scene: Spatial Data Infrastructures

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pp. 25-34

The concept of spatial data infrastructures (SDI) refers to the infrastructure, or basic physical and organisational structures, needed to facilitate efficient and effective use of spatial data (Rajabifard et al., 2006; Hjelmager et al., 2008). The realisation that spatial data or geographical information systems (GIS) storing these data ...

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Chapter 2. Spatial enablement of processes

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pp. 35-54

The first chapter stated that the concept of SDI as a regulatory infrastructure encompasses two different classes of objectives, functional and adoption, as well as three classes of components, organisational structures, HR systems and technological resources. This chapter argues that the connection between the functional and adoption objectives of an SDI often is realised in the context of processes ...

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Chapter 3. Research design

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pp. 55-76

The research design should allow answering the research questions as presented in the previous chapter. First it is explained why a case study approach was chosen. Next, the study area is presented. The third section elaborates on the unit of analysis of this research. The case selection procedure is briefly explained in the fourth section, ...

Part 2: Case studies

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Introduction

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pp. 79-80

The aim of this study is to examine the impact of structural characteristics of a process on its level of spatial enablement. While Part 1 of this book laid out the theoretical dimensions of the research and described the research design, this second part presents the results of the analysis of the four cases. ...

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Chapter 4. The Zoning Plans case

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pp. 81-112

As stated in Chapter 3, this book examines the relationship between process structure and spatial enablement at two levels: the inter-organisation case level and the intra-organisational embedded case level. The present chapter discusses the Zoning Plans case, and is organised in the following way. ...

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Chapter 5. The Addresses case

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pp. 113-136

As stated in Chapter 3, this book examines the relationship between process structure and spatial enablement at two levels: the inter-organisational case level and the intra-organisational embedded case level. The present chapter discusses the Addresses case, and is organised in the following way. ...

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Chapter 6. The Traffic Accidents case

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pp. 137-162

As stated in Chapter 3, this book examines the relationship between process structure and spatial enablement at two levels: the inter-organisation case level and the intra-organisational embedded case level. The present chapter discusses the Traffic Accidents case, and is organised in the following way. ...

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Chapter 7. The Flood Maps case

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pp. 163-186

As stated in Chapter 3, this book examines the relationship between process structure and spatial enablement at two levels: the inter-organisation case level and the intra-organisational embedded case level. The present chapter discusses the Flood Maps case, and is organised in the following way. ...

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Chapter 8. Comparing the four inter-organisational processes

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pp. 187-192

Each of the four previous chapters treated a single case. The present chapter adds a comparative analysis of the four inter-organisational processes, which were selected as cases: Zoning Plans, Addresses, Traffic Accidents and Flood Maps. The chapter has been divided in four parts. ...

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Chapter 9. Discussion

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pp. 193-216

The purpose of this final chapter is to interpret the research results, to explain the implications of the findings, and to make suggestions for future research. The chapter has been further divided in two sections. The first section explains how the research results support the evaluation of the research propositions ...

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General conclusion

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pp. 217-220

The present research has applied concepts from the Modern Socio-Technical Systems (MSTS) approach, that traditionally are mainly used to analyse and design structures of whole organisations, to individual processes within and between organisational subsystems. The main conclusion of the research is that, in order to successfully implement an aspectsystem ...

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Afterword

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pp. 221-222

The ambition to develop accessible and comprehensive information systems for territorial matters is widespread in the public sector, ranging from large supra-national bodies, e.g. the European Union, to municipalities or local communities across the globe. In the course of the past two decades, considerable effort and resources have been devoted to the introduction of spatial data processing capabilities ...

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Afterword

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pp. 223-226

If even popular television cooking programs end with the apparently obligatory lessons learned, then we, as scientists, better not lag behind. Maybe we should even take the lead. What have I learned from this book and from the project that preceded it? And especially, what am I supposed to do with it? ...

Annex 1: Collected definitions of SDI

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pp. 227-235

Annex 2: List of the interviews

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pp. 236-242

References

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pp. 243-254


E-ISBN-13: 9789461660817
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058679376

Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013