Building the spatial data infrastructure through data sharing: measuring progress within Australian local and state government jurisdictions
AuthorMCDOUGALL, KEVIN; RAJABIFARD, ABBAS; Williamson, Ian Philip
Source TitleProceedings of the Spatial Science Institute Biennial International Conference
AffiliationFaculty of Engineering, Geomatics
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsMcDougall, K., Rajabifard, A., & Williamson, I. P. (2007). Building the spatial data infrastructure through data sharing: measuring progress within Australian local and state government jurisdictions. In Proceedings of the Spatial Science Institute Biennial International Conference , Hobart, Tasmania.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher's version of a paper from the Spatial Science Institute Biennial International Conference, 2007. http://www.ssc2007.com/
In the past decade efforts to develop spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) have migrated from the initial “top-down” national approaches to “bottom-up” and cross jurisdictional efforts at the sub-national level. Although national SDI developments are fundamental to building the SDI culture and policy, it is sub-national and local SDI development that will deliver the immediate benefits to citizens and the community. In countries which have highly decentralised federations of states such as Australia, United States and Canada, the challenge is how to co-ordinate the literally thousands of often small local government jurisdictions which are important contributors to state and local SDIs. In recent years, a number of co-operative spatial data sharing partnerships between local and state government have emerged in Australia. These partnerships are relatively new initiatives that have been established to facilitate more effective sharing of spatial data between organisations, but also as a mechanism to contribute to SDI development. To maximise the benefits from these partnerships it is essential to understand the factors that contribute to their successful operation and sustainability. This paper investigates these collaborative arrangements and examines the motivations, mechanisms and frameworks for data sharing between local and state governments.
KeywordsSpatial Data Infrastructure; SDI; local governments; state governments; Australia
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