eCite Digital Repository

A 'Bottom Up' Governance Framework for Developing Australia's Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)


Finney, KT, A 'Bottom Up' Governance Framework for Developing Australia's Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), Data Science Journal, 6, ((2007)) pp. 64-90. ISSN 1683-1470 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2481/dsj.6.64


Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) have been developing in some countries for over 10 years but still suffer from having a relatively small installed base. Most SDIs will soon converge around a service-oriented-architecture (SOA) using IT standards promulgated primarily by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and ISO Technical Committee 211. There are very few examples of these types of architected SDIs in action, and as a result little detailed information exists on suitable governance models. This paper discusses the governance issues that are posed by SOA-based SDIs, particularly those issues surrounding standards and services management, with reference to an Australian marine case study and the general literature. A generalised governance framework is then postulated using an idealised use case model which is applicable for "bottom-up," community-based initiatives. This model incorporates guiding principles and motivational and self-regulation instruments that are characteristically found in successful open source development activities. It is argued that harnessing an open development model, using a voluntary workforce, could rapidly increase the size of the SDI installed base and importantly defray infrastructure build costs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information systems development methodologies and practice
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Finney, KT (Dr Kim Finney)
ID Code:50691
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Information Systems
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-06-21

Repository Staff Only: item control page