Analysis of the adoption of Geographic Information Systems in the local planning process.

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Title:
Analysis of the adoption of Geographic Information Systems in the local planning process.
Author:
Saxe, Gregory Michael.
Issue Date:
1996
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Nationally, use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies has become widespread. Applications and techniques vary greatly. The potential benefits are great. Advancement in the functionality, cost, capacity and speed of computers has been astounding. A variety of desktop turnkey systems are available for less than the annual salary of a qualified operator. Still the diffusion of GIS into local land use planning activities has been limited by our capacity to manage these systems. A core of literature is identified which focuses on GIS management issues facing local government planning practitioners. National surveys are reviewed which identify the significance of management issues in the process of adopting information technologies. Model adoption processes are identified to address these and other issues associated with GIS. These models are based on organizational theory. To explore these issues further this research utilizes surveys and other traditional geographic research methods, within a case study framework. This research examines the process of GIS adoption in local land use planning in Arizona. The primary case is the City of Douglas, located along the Mexican border in southern Arizona. In addition, Planning, Community Development, Public Works and Information Management Systems Directors throughout Arizona were surveyed to determine the current status of the diffusion of GIS. By systematically observing the adoption process this research describes the content and context of the use of geographic information in local land use planning. Operational applications are shown to be the most popular. GIS are not commonly being used to make policy improvements in local government. Computer graphics, including maps are used significantly more often than hand drawn material. Still, graphics in general are used infrequently in decision making forums, including public hearings and City Council meetings. The model adoption processes described herein are intended to remedy this situation. This research contributes knowledge which can help managers in designing their own implementation protocols. Further research is recommended to assess the day to day uses of this emerging technology.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Land use -- Arizona -- Douglas.; Geographic information systems -- Arizona -- Douglas.; Information science.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Geography and Regional Development; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Mann, Lawrence

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleAnalysis of the adoption of Geographic Information Systems in the local planning process.en_US
dc.creatorSaxe, Gregory Michael.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSaxe, Gregory Michael.en_US
dc.date.issued1996en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractNationally, use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies has become widespread. Applications and techniques vary greatly. The potential benefits are great. Advancement in the functionality, cost, capacity and speed of computers has been astounding. A variety of desktop turnkey systems are available for less than the annual salary of a qualified operator. Still the diffusion of GIS into local land use planning activities has been limited by our capacity to manage these systems. A core of literature is identified which focuses on GIS management issues facing local government planning practitioners. National surveys are reviewed which identify the significance of management issues in the process of adopting information technologies. Model adoption processes are identified to address these and other issues associated with GIS. These models are based on organizational theory. To explore these issues further this research utilizes surveys and other traditional geographic research methods, within a case study framework. This research examines the process of GIS adoption in local land use planning in Arizona. The primary case is the City of Douglas, located along the Mexican border in southern Arizona. In addition, Planning, Community Development, Public Works and Information Management Systems Directors throughout Arizona were surveyed to determine the current status of the diffusion of GIS. By systematically observing the adoption process this research describes the content and context of the use of geographic information in local land use planning. Operational applications are shown to be the most popular. GIS are not commonly being used to make policy improvements in local government. Computer graphics, including maps are used significantly more often than hand drawn material. Still, graphics in general are used infrequently in decision making forums, including public hearings and City Council meetings. The model adoption processes described herein are intended to remedy this situation. This research contributes knowledge which can help managers in designing their own implementation protocols. Further research is recommended to assess the day to day uses of this emerging technology.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectLand use -- Arizona -- Douglas.en_US
dc.subjectGeographic information systems -- Arizona -- Douglas.en_US
dc.subjectInformation science.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography and Regional Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairMann, Lawrenceen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMarsh, Stuarten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberReeves, Richarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSaarinen, Thomasen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9626515en_US
dc.identifier.oclc708253972en_US
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