Local government and SDI - understanding their capacity to share data

McDougall, Kevin and Rajabifard, Abbas and Williamson, Ian (2009) Local government and SDI - understanding their capacity to share data. In: SDI convergence: research, emerging trends, and critical assessment. Netherlands Geodetic Commission, Delft, Netherlands, pp. 205-218. ISBN 978-90-6132-310-5

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Abstract

Local government has been recognised as an early leader in the development, deployment and innovation in spatial information systems. The introduction of corporate wide spatial information portals within local government was as significant as the release of Google Earth to the wider public. Although these information systems continue to expand and mature, the potential for these local SDIs to contribute to higher level SDI initiatives remain largely unrealised. This paper explores local government SDI within Australia to assess its capacity to contribute to higher level SDI initiatives. A comprehensive survey of over 100 local government authorities was undertaken to assess their SDI capacity and collaborative initiatives. The results were analysed to identify factors that contribute to their successful local SDI development and, more widely, to the development of higher level SDI initiatives through data sharing partnerships. The findings from the analysis indicate that suitable policy frameworks, an understanding of business needs, organisational support and ability to access data through equitable sharing arrangements are critical drivers in building and developing SDI from the local level.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. The individual articles in this book are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode). Any use of the text contained in the individual articles in contradiction with the Creative Commons License, Attribution 3.0 requires express permission in writing by the author(s) of the article.
Depositing User: Mr Kevin McDougall
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2009 04:54
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 02:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government; SDI; data sharing; spatial data infrastructure; Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5398

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