Title: The Socio-Economic Impact of the Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure in Lombardy
Authors: CAMPAGNA MicheleCRAGLIA MassimoLAFFI RobertoPICCIN Andrea
Citation: Representation of Geographical Informaiton for Planning, ISBN: 978-88-7488-316-5 p. 9-18
Publisher: Esculapio
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC50889
URI: http://www.editrice-esculapio.it
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Along with the Member States¿ transposition process of the INSPIRE Directive, thanks to recent developments in geo-spatial information communication technology, Public Administrations (PA) at all levels in Europe started the process of integration of their spatial data and services according to agreed common standards. So far, the regional level has shown the most active growth in Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), aiming to develop supporting platforms for achieving better decision-making and service delivery towards sustainability of development. Existing regional SDIs have shown they foster the re-use of PA geo-information resources in the public and the private sectors, allowing the diffusion of added-value services for a growing number of users. SDI development, as demonstrated by innovative experiences in the public sector, drives to improvements in both the efficiency and the efficacy of administrative processes thanks to the implementation of new organisation models, whilst offering more reliable services to citizens. Spatial governance and planning, environmental impact assessment and soil protection are only few examples of processes which can be improved thank to the online availability of shared spatial data and services through geoportals. So far, the advantages are particularly evident at the regional and local levels of government. While actual and potential benefits are acknowledged in many best practice examples, still appear less straightforward to determine a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the social and economic impacts of the initiatives. The Lombardy SDI in Italy represents an advanced example in Europe, constituting an interesting case study to further develop the SDI impact assessment methodology. To this end, this paper presents early results of the ongoing impact assessment study commissioned by Regione Lombardia to the JRC. This study has been carried on with the aim to develop a framework for social and economic benefit assessment of SDIs with special reference to spatial government processes.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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