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Reinventing territory in Dutch local government: Experiences with the development and implementation of GIS in the Amsterdam region

Reinventing territory in Dutch local government: Experiences with the development and... Information Infrastructure and Policy 6 (2000) 171–183 IOS Press Miriam Lips, Marcel Boogers and Rodney Weterings Center for Law, Public Administration and Informatization, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands 1. Introduction Currently, new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are perceived to offer various opportunities for substantial change in the way government is organized. New ICTs, for instance, make it possible for governments to organize relationships with their environment to an increasing extent regardless of time and of geographic location. The latter effect of ICT applications is referred to, in many recent scientific publications and policy documents, as a process of “deterritorialization”. This phenomenon is broadly acknowledged to occur, although systematic analysis of its characteristics and/or its extent usually cannot be found. A specific type of current ICTs that seem to enforce this acknowledged development of deterritorialization, is Geographic Information Systems (GISs). Generally, GISs can facilitate the coordination and integration of government activities related to geographic data, which traditionally take place within specific policy sectors or geographic areas. In the Netherlands, the opportunities for governments offered by new ICTs like GISs, match the objectives of recent reform programs, i.e. to create new metropolitan governments through http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Infrastructure and Policy IOS Press

Reinventing territory in Dutch local government: Experiences with the development and implementation of GIS in the Amsterdam region

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Information Infrastructure and Policy 6 (2000) 171–183 IOS Press Miriam Lips, Marcel Boogers and Rodney Weterings Center for Law, Public Administration and Informatization, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands 1. Introduction Currently, new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are perceived to offer various opportunities for substantial change in the way government is organized. New ICTs, for instance, make it possible for governments to organize relationships with their environment to an increasing extent regardless of time and of geographic location. The latter effect of ICT applications is referred to, in many recent scientific publications and policy documents, as a process of “deterritorialization”. This phenomenon is broadly acknowledged to occur, although systematic analysis of its characteristics and/or its extent usually cannot be found. A specific type of current ICTs that seem to enforce this acknowledged development of deterritorialization, is Geographic Information Systems (GISs). Generally, GISs can facilitate the coordination and integration of government activities related to geographic data, which traditionally take place within specific policy sectors or geographic areas. In the Netherlands, the opportunities for governments offered by new ICTs like GISs, match the objectives of recent reform programs, i.e. to create new metropolitan governments through

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Information Infrastructure and PolicyIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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