A conceptual framework for a geo-knowledge tool: applying contemporary and collaborative web concepts to assist park management

Elsley, M 2012, A conceptual framework for a geo-knowledge tool: applying contemporary and collaborative web concepts to assist park management, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, RMIT University.


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Title A conceptual framework for a geo-knowledge tool: applying contemporary and collaborative web concepts to assist park management
Author(s) Elsley, M
Year 2012
Abstract A park management organisation has a large data archive comprising data relating to its parks that have been collected over the years. It is argued that the data archive is not used as effectively as it potentially could, and data are not readily available when needed.

This research project investigates if access to and utilisation of the park management data archive can be enhanced using the concept of a geo-knowledge tool. The tool, a digital information or knowledge system, is a means to access and present the data in part based on the data’s inherent geographic attributes. It considers notions of emergent participatory, collaborative and geographic Web developments. In particular, the research project builds on the Web 2.0 notion that user contributed information has the potential to enhance existing information. Therefore, in addition to the existing data archive, the geo-knowledge tool also provides access to data not traditionally relied upon by the park management organisation. These alternative data comprise public data repositories that are made available via the Web by organisations and individuals, professionals and amateurs alike, as well as data being contributed by users of participatory Web tools or participants of collaborative projects.

The research project develops a conceptual geo-knowledge tool and a demonstration prototype to evaluate the theories being applied. The question that is addressed is if the contemporary Web concepts can be applied to develop an effective or enhanced system for data access, to assist with decision-making and improve park management. It is further assessed if the alternative data sources can complement the existing park management data and potentially fill information gaps, and thus benefit park management decision-making.

A review of the prototype by stakeholders reveal that the proposed tool has the potential to become an effective method to find and access a broad range of data, comprising traditional and non-traditional data.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences
Keyword(s) Web 2.0
user contributed information
park management
geo-knowledge tool
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