Local and state-based collaboration: the key to unlocking the potential of SDI

Warnest, Mathew and McDougall, Kevin and Rajabifard, Abbas and Williamson, Ian (2003) Local and state-based collaboration: the key to unlocking the potential of SDI. In: Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial Conference (SSC 2003): Spatial Knowledge Without Boundaries , 22-26 Sep 2003, Canberra, Australia.

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Access to reliable and affordable spatial information is now recognised as a critical component of Australia's
future economic, environmental and social development. The growth of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) at all
levels of government relies heavily on collaboration both within and between jurisdictions. However, our
understanding of the collaborations and partnerships that contribute to building these SDIs is still relatively poor.
Whilst the literature within the spatial information and GIS field explores data-sharing arrangements, technology
diffusion, multi-participatory projects and project-based partnerships, little contribution is made to the nature of
the interactions between the various organisations and stakeholders. Although useful for understanding advances in spatial information management and how to structure and manage GIS-based projects the literature does not describe how to forge cooperative relationships, what partnership models to engage nor how to nurture ongoing interactions, especially in competitive environments.
This paper investigates the nature of SDI collaborations in order to illustrate the wide variation in the range of
stakeholders, forms of interaction and level of engagement. To highlight the various characteristics of collaboration, a number of SDI partnerships will be explored. Differences and similarities between these partnerships will be discussed with a view to identifying important factors for successful collaboration. The need for, and role of central coordination bodies to minimise the duplication and dispersion of effort will be examined in this context.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:50
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 04:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial data sharing; spatial data infrastructures; GIS; collaboration and partnerships; organisations; local and state government
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160511 Research, Science and Technology Policy
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1737

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