Authors: Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Danny Vandenbroucke & Joep Crompvoets
Conference: GSDI15 World Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, 28 November – 2 December 2016.
Abstract: Spatial data infrastructures (SDI’s) are about dealing with geographic data and information in a more open, interconnected and interoperable manner. SDI’s can be seen as a collection of technological and non-technological arrangements that give shape to a network of spatial data relationships between producers and users of spatial data. From a network perspective, SDI’s have led to the establishment of new spatial data flows between these actors, the introduction of new actors in the network, but also to the removal of barriers that hinder or prevent the flow of data between producers and users. Analyzing SDI’s from a network perspective provides a unique approach to study the exchange and use of spatial data, and the impact of SDI’s. The network perspective enables the detailed analysis of how flows of spatial data between data users and data producers are arranged and facilitated by an SDI. Moreover, the network perspective allows for an analysis of the mutual relationships between different actors and arrangements within an SDI framework. The aim of the presentation was to analyze recent developments in SDI implementation through the application of the network perspective. The presentation built further on earlier research on the development and application of the network approach on spatial data infrastructures in Flanders. Using the analysis of the Flemish SDI network in 2008 as a starting point, the presentation examined how the network of spatial data flows has changed in recent years, and how these changes are driven or influenced by different technological and non-technological developments. The presentation showed how recent developments such as the implementation of network services and the application of linked and open data have steadily transformed and shaped the network of spatial data flows.