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

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

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Keywords: Marine, SDI, Governance, SOA, Web services, Registry
Journal or Publication Title: Data Science Journal
Publisher: International Council for Science
Page Range: pp. 64-90
ISSN: 1683-1470
Identification Number - DOI: 10.2481/dsj.6.64
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:32
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