Spatial governance: The metalanguage of spatiotemporal information and its infrastructure

Cook, John (2006) Spatial governance: The metalanguage of spatiotemporal information and its infrastructure. In Fehlhaber, L.E.S. (Ed.) Proceedings of 5th Trans Tasman Survey Conference, Spatial Sciences Institition Australia, Cairns.

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‘Spatial governance’ involves a large number of situations where knowledge of place and time is important in achieving acceptable organisational outcomes. This paper argues that spatial governance calls for information-intensive activity in three main areas. The first establishes ‘authority’ in a legal entity to decide issues regarding resources within a territorial jurisdiction. The second involves planning the future use of resources. It engages a language of design, purpose, modeling, visualization, expectations and risk. The third involves monitoring of outcomes to see if expectations are met; and whether changes to authority and planning regimes need to be made in the light of experience. This engages a language of observing, recording, accounting, auditing, statistical indicators and accountability. ‘Authority’, ‘planning’ and ‘monitoring’ regimes can be constructed using a relatively small number of elements, in much the same way that a large number of words with recognisable meanings can be created using a relatively few standardised letters of the alphabet. Words can combine in a similar process of combinatorial explosion to create any message that can be imagined. Similarly, combining authority, planning and monitoring regimes can create a metalanguage of ‘spatial governance’ to give purpose, meaning and value to any spatiotemporal information system that can be imagined, described, interpreted and understood.

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ID Code: 84166
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Spatial governance, spatiotemporal information, planning authority, Policy Analysis, Multiple Terminologies
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 John S. Cook
Deposited On: 14 May 2015 23:20
Last Modified: 14 May 2015 23:20

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