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planning for Smart Urban Ecosystems: Information Technology Applications for Capacity Building in Environmental Decision Making

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  • Tan YIGITCANLAR

    () (Queensland University of Technology, 4001, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

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Since the industrial revolution, our world has experienced rapid and unplanned industrialization and urbanization. As a result, we have had to cope with serious environmental challenges. In this context, an explanation of how smart urban ecosystems can emerge, gains a crucial importance. Capacity building and community involvement have always been key issues in achieving sustainable development and enhancing urban ecosystems. By considering these, this paper looks at new approaches to increase public awareness of environmental decision making. This paper will discuss the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), particularly Web-based Geographic Information Systems (Web-based GIS) as spatial decision support systems to aid public participatory environmental decision making. The paper also explores the potential and constraints of these web-based tools for collaborative decision making

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  • Tan YIGITCANLAR, 2009. "planning for Smart Urban Ecosystems: Information Technology Applications for Capacity Building in Environmental Decision Making," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 4(3(12)), pages 5-21, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:terumm:v:4:y:2009:i:12:p:5-21
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    Keywords

    Urban ecosystems; capacity building; community involvement; ICT; information sharing; Web-based GIS;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • M15 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - IT Management
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General

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