Spatial Data Infrastructures at Work
Analysing the Spatial Enablement of Public Sector Processes
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Leuven University Press
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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). As the emphasis in this field has shifted from their design and conceptualisation to their implementation the An increasingly important component of this research relates to the institutional ...
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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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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, land use, population registration, economic activities and military assets. Most information in ...
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This first part of the book describes the research framework, and is divided in three 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, HR systems and ...
Chapter 1Setting the scene:Spatial Data Infrastructures
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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 should not be considered within the boundaries of individual organisations or contexts has led to the development ...
Chapter 2Spatial enablement of processes
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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 within and between organisations. ...
Chapter 3Research design
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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, leading to the four cases that are described in fifth section. In the sixth section, the further ...
Part 2Case studies
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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. Four processes have been selected as cases: the development of zoning plans; the management of address data; the management of traffic accident ...
Chapter 4The Zoning Plans case
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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. The first section presents a general overview of the Zoning Plans case. The second section describes the inter-organisational zoning ...
Chapter 5The Addresses case
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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. The first section presents a general overview of the Addresses case. The second section describes the inter-organisational address data ...
Chapter 6The Traffic Accidents case
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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. The first section presents a general overview of the Traffic Accidents case. The second section describes the inter-organisational ...
Chapter 7The Flood Maps case
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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. The first section presents a general overview of the Flood Maps case. The second section describes the inter-organisational flood mapping ...
Chapter 8Comparing the fourinter-organisational processes
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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. The first part presents the classification of the four cases for each of the studied variables: the three process structure variables, spatial enablement and ...
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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 in order to provide answers to the research questions that were posed in Chapter 2 (Section 9), and examines how ...
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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 such as spatial enablement in the context of such inter-organisational ...
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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 and to the construction of ...
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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? In the first place, the study confirmed that the establishment of links between two independently operating scientific communities ...
Annex 1: Collected definitions of SDI
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ANZLIC (1996). National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Australia and New Zealand. CGDI (2003). What is the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI)? Available Chan, T. O., Feeney, M.-E. F., Rajabifard, A. and Williamson, I. P. (2001). The dynamic nature of spatial data infrastructures: a method of descriptive classification. Geomatica, 55 Craglia, M. and Campagna, M. (2009). Executive summary. In: M. Craglia and M. ...
Annex 2: List of the interviews
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013