Spatially enablement of NRM communities through spatial knowledge and information network development

Paudyal, Dev Raj and McDougall, Kevin and Apan, Armando (2012) Spatially enablement of NRM communities through spatial knowledge and information network development. In: Spatially enabling government, industry and citizens: research and development perspectives. GSDI Association Press, Needham, MA, United States, pp. 81-102. ISBN 978-0-9852444-0-8

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A spatially enabled society (SES) is an emerging concept to make spatial information accessible and available for the benefit of society. It is a concept where location, place and other spatial information are available to government, community and citizens. This is an important extension to the generational development and progression of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as it seeks to contribute to wider societal benefits and sustainable development objectives. This research paper investigates the social dimension of SDI and the theoretical foundation for spatially enablement of catchment communities. Two social science theories, namely, actor network theory (ANT) and social network theory are utilized to better understand the relationships in spatial information sharing and knowledge sharing across catchments. A network perspective of SDI was explored through a case study of the Queensland Knowledge and Information Network (KIN) project. Spatial information sharing processes among regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies were analyzed using an object oriented modelling technique to assess the impact on catchment management outcomes. The relationships among the knowledge network stakeholders and the influence of these relationships to spatial information and knowledge sharing was analyzed using social network analysis. The findings from this study suggest that a network perspective of SDI assists in understanding the spatial information management issues of catchment management and the broader goal of spatially enablement of society.

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Additional Information: Chapter 5. Revised version of paper delivered at the Global Geospatial Conference 2012 held in Canada 14-17 May 2012. Authors retain copyright in their work but through the act of submission to this conference are agreeing to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License for their work to help ensure continued global access to the work over time.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2012 02:19
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 23:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial data infrastructure; spatial information sharing; catchment management; spatially enabled society; social network analysis
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified

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