Using a Mixed Method Research to Develop Spatial Information Sharing Strategies Across Natural Resource Management Communities

Paudyal, Dev Raj and McDougall, Kevin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6088-1004 and Apan, Armando ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5412-8881 (2019) Using a Mixed Method Research to Develop Spatial Information Sharing Strategies Across Natural Resource Management Communities. In: Inaugural Australasia & Pacific Regional Mixed Methods International Research Association Conference 2019: Expanding Conceptual and Methodological Boundaries (MMIRA 2019), 4-6 Dec, 2019, Wellington, New Zealand.


Abstract

Spatial information plays an important role in many social, environmental, economic and political decisions and is increasingly acknowledged as a national resource essential for wider societal benefits. Natural Resource Management (NRM) is one area where spatial information can be used for improved planning and decision-making process. Traditionally, national mapping agencies and government organisations have been the custodians of spatial information necessary for natural resource management. Recent developments in spatial and information communication technology have provided a new opportunity for NRM community to collect and manage spatial information. With this new environment, the access and sharing of spatial information between NRM communities and government agencies is emerging as an important issue for improved planning and decision making process in NRM sector.

The aim of this paper is to identify the key factors which influence spatial information sharing between state government organisations and regional NRM bodies/catchment management authorities in Australia and formulate strategies to facilitate spatial information sharing and hence support spatial enablement initiatives. A mixed method research approach was utilised to collect both quantitative and qualitative data from regional NRM bodies. The questionnaire survey conducted across 56 regional NRM bodies provided current status of spatial information access and sharing for natural resource management and explores the SDI development activities in the NRM sector in Australia. The case study explores the effectiveness of spatial information and knowledge sharing arrangements between regional NRM bodies and state government organisations. Using the mixed method design framework, the key factors which influence spatial information sharing between state government organisations and regional NRM bodies/catchment management authorities were identified and classified into six major classes as organisational, economic, policy, legal, cultural and technical. The strategies were developed and this study suggests that the adoption and implementation of strategies can facilitate spatial information sharing and hence advancing spatially enabled communities across the NRM sector.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 05:45
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2020 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spatial data infrastructure, spatial information sharing, natural resource management, catchment management, spatial enablement
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38144

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