Book chapter on the emergence of Open SDIs in Europe

Glenn Vancauwenberghe and Bastiaan van Loenen have co-authored a book chapter on the Emergence of Open Spatial Data Infrastructures in the book ‘User Centric E-Government: Challenges and Opportunities‘, edited by Saqib Saeed, T. Ramayah and Zaigham Mahmood. The book provides user studies and theories related to user-centered technology design processes for e-government projects. The book mainly discusses inherent issues of technology design implications, user experiences, and guidelines for technology appropriation. Ethnographic studies focusing on real life examples enable readers to understand the problems in an effective way. Furthermore, the theories and results presented in the book should help researchers and practitioners to handle these challenges in an efficient way.

In their book chapter entitled ‘Exploring the Emergence of Open Spatial Data Infrastructures: Analysis of Recent Developments and Trends in Europe’ Vancauwenberghe and van Loenen provide an analysis of the measures and solutions implemented in four European countries to make their national spatial data infrastructures open to businesses, citizens and other stakeholders. The analysis shows that the move towards more open spatial data infrastructures can mainly be seen in the increased availability of geographic data and spatially enabled services to citizens, businesses and other parties.

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