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Sharing spatial data in Brunei government departments

Salleh, N 2010, Sharing spatial data in Brunei government departments , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    Spatial data are items of information related to a location on earth. The early forms of spatial data included maps, survey plans, coastal charts and geodetic triangulation. With the advancement of technology, this spatial data have increased its importance. Decision makers from many disciplines tend to rely on up-to-date relevant, wider and accessible spatial data as an essential input in supporting their operational and strategic decisions. The demand to access multi-organisations spatial data continue to increase and this has pushed organisation to share their spatial data as rarely all these data sets reside within one organisation. However, there are persistent challenges that limit the utilization of available spatial data across organizations. The existence of these challenges is a global phenomenon and Brunei, a small country in south East Asia is no exception. The main purpose of this research is to identify factors that impede spatial data sharing within government departments in Brunei and use the findings to develop a framework for sharing spatial data within the government departments. The proposed framework took the innovative approach of combining both technical and non- technical factors, which have not been currently addressed. This research adopted multiple holistic case studies in 3 selected government departments in Brunei. A comprehensive literature review of relevant topics helped in designing a preliminary guideline for research in spatial data sharing. This guideline is used as a basis for data collection and at the same time refined by the case studies. Both content analysis and cognitive mapping techniques were applied to help in customizing the framework for sharing spatial data in Brunei, the ultimate product of this research. The framework comprises of two different components, which include the contextual component and the collaborative process component. Under the collaborative process component, there were 5 key elements that are crucial in spatial data sharing. This includes leadership, formal agreement, IT structure, monitoring and review and security. The framework was not empirically validated due to the immaturity of spatial data sharing in Brunei, unable the framework to be validated empirically. At such, opinions from the experts on the appropriateness of the framework were elicited as an initial validation. Efforts were also made by assessing the impact of each key element to the past data sharing projects in Brunei. The research concluded that the proposed framework offers a viable and effective formal mechanism for data sharing and coordination of spatial activities within government departments in Brunei. It is envisaged that with minor amendments to the policy aspects, the framework is expandable for application to private sectors.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Khosrowshahi, F(Supervisor)
    Additional Information:
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 10:22
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26890

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