Mapping the Determinants of Spatial Data Sharing

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Ashgate, 2003 - Social Science - 280 pages
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With the increasing use of GIS in industrialised and developing countries, the availability of spatial data has become an issue that affects many public and private sector organisations. They are faced with the high cost and substantial effort involved in the generation of spatial data and so the sharing of this data is increasingly being seen as a way of overcoming expense and easing availability and access. But this can provide a way of using GIS effectively only if the key players involved in the use and supply of spatial data are willing to share. to systematize the determinants of organisations' spatial data sharing behaviour. It develops a model which explains the likely willingness of key individuals within organisations to engage in spatial data exchanges across organisational boundaries and then tests this on a survey based in South Africa. The book concludes that, while the technical aspects are the focus of attention in spatial data sharing initiatives, it is also important to address and reduce the fears that decision-makers within organisations associate with losing control over spatial data.

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