Spatial Data Infrastructures at Work

Analysing the Spatial Enablement of Public Sector Processes

Esra Dessers

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Must-read for professionals dealing with SDI and spatial enablement
Spatial data identifies the geographic location of natural and constructed features and boundaries on Earth, and has become increasingly important in various administrative practices. In order to facilitate access, use, and sharing of spatial data among organisations, information is brought together in clustered initiatives known as Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). In Spatial Data Infrastructures at Work, Ezra Dessers introduces spatial enablement as a key concept to describe the realisation of SDI objectives in the context of individual public sector processes. Drawing on four years of research, Dessers argues that it has become essential, even unavoidable, to manage and (re)design inter-organisational process chains in order to further advance the role of SDIs as an enabling platform for a spatially enabled society. Detailed case studies illustrate that the process he describes is the setting in which one can see the SDI at work. This book is must-read material for academics, practitioners, and policymakers dealing with sdi and spatial enablement. By extension, the book will also be of great interest to anyone confronted with societal issues that call for an integrated approach, implying in-depth cooperation between multiple organisations.

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List of Figures
List of Tables

Foreword
Acknowledgements
General introduction

Part 1 Research framework
Introduction
Chapter 1 Setting the scene: Spatial Data Infrastructures

1 Introduction
2 Background of SDI development
3 Definitions: charting the SDI landscape
4 What defines an SDI?
4.1 Objectives
4.2 Components

5 Conceiving SDI in systemic terms
5.1 The intermediate role of SDI
5.2 The objectives of SDI
5.3 The components of SDI

6 Conclusion

Chapter 2 Spatial enablement of processes
1 Introduction
2 SDI and processes
3 Spatial enablement
4 Process structure
4.1 Concepts
4.2 Application to SDI

5 Effectiveness of process structures: a modern socio-technical systems approach
6 Positioning the current study in the MSTS research tradition
7 Changing demands
8 Process structures in SDI research
9 Research questions and propositions
9.1 Research questions
9.2 Propositions

10 Conclusion

Chapter 3 Research design
1 Introduction
2 The study area
3 The unit of analysis: the process
4 Case selection
5 The embedded cases
6 Interviews
7 Qualitative analysis
8 Operationalisation
8.1 The inter-organisational level
8.2 The intra-organisational level

9 Evaluation of the research design 72
9.1 Validity and reliability 72
9.2 Strengths and limitations 74
10 Conclusion

Part 2 Case studies
Introduction
Chapter 4 The Zoning Plans case

1 Case description
2 The inter-organisational process
2.1 Spatial enablement
2.2 Process structure
2.3 Demands for flexibility

3 The intra-organisational processes
3.1 RWO
3.2 Limburg
3.3 West-Vlaanderen
3.4 Genk
3.5 Kortrijk
3.6 Leuven 

4 Comparative analysis
4.1 Process structure and spatial enablement
4.2 Demands and spatial enablement
4.3 Organisational structure, process structure and spatial enablement


Chapter 5 The Addresses case
1 Case description
2 The inter-organisational process
2.1 Spatial enablement
2.2 Process structure
2.3 Demands for flexibility

3 The intra-organisational processes
3.1 Antwerpen
3.2 West-Vlaanderen
3.3 Leuven
3.4 Mechelen
3.5 Zwijndrecht

4 Comparative analysis
4.1 Process structure and spatial enablement
4.2 Demands and spatial enablement
4.3 Organisational structure, process structure and spatial enablement


Chapter 6 The Traffic Accidents case
1 Case description
2 The inter-organisational process
2.1 Spatial enablement
2.2 Process structure
2.3 Demands for flexibility

3 The intra-organisational processes
3.1 PZ Het Houtsche
3.2 PZ VLAS
3.3 PZ Leuven
3.4 Federal Police
3.5 ADSEI
3.6 MOW
3.7 Vlaams-Brabant
3.8 West-Vlaanderen

4 Comparative analysis
4.1 Process structure and spatial enablement
4.2 Demands and spatial enablement
4.3 Organisational structure, process structure and spatial enablement

Chapter 7 The Flood Maps case
1 Case description
2 The inter-organisational process
2.1 Spatial enablement
2.2 Process structure
2.3 Demands for flexibility

3 The intra-organisational processes
3.1 Flemish Environment Agency
3.2 Flanders Hydraulics Research
3.3 Limburg
3.4 Vlaams-Brabant
3.5 Leuven
3.6 Sint-Truiden Water Board

4 Comparative analysis
4.1 Process structure and spatial enablement
4.2 Demands and spatial enablement
4.3 Organisational structure, process structure and spatial enablement 


Chapter 8 Comparing the four inter-organisational processes
1 Overview of the variable values
2 Process structure and spatial enablement
3 Demands and spatial enablement
4 Conclusion

Chapter 9 Discussion
1 Introduction
2 Research questions, propositions and conceptual framework
2.1 The inter-organisational level
2.2 The intra-organisational level
2.3 Conclusion

3 Inter-organisational chains of intra-organisational subsystems
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Spatial enablement as an aspectsystem
3.3 Combinations of multiple production structures
3.4 Aligning objectives: mind the gap!


General conclusion

Afterword
by Joep Crompvoets

Afterword
by Geert Van Hootegem

Annex 1: Collected definitions of SDI
References of the collected definitions

Annex 2: List of the interviews

The Spatial Planning Case

List of case study interviews
List of explorative interviews
The Addresses Case
List of case study interviews
List of supporting interviews
List of explorative interviews
The Traffic Accidents Case
List of case study interviews
List of explorative interviews
The Flood Maps Case
List of case study interviews
List of explorative interviews

References

Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 240 × 160 mm

256 pages

ISBN: 9789058679376

Publication: July 4, 2013

Languages: English

Stock item number: 82362

Ezra Dessers is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Sociological Research of KU Leuven.