Kate T. Lance

Kate T. Lance

PhD

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January 2011 - present
August 1995 - May 1997
University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Publications (31)
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) requested the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) to undertake a review of current and potential capabilities at regional remote sensing centers in Africa to use remote sensing (RS) applications for societal benefit. In addition, USAID requeste...
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Africa’s participation in Digital Earth is uneven. There is a tendency to ascribe this state to prevailing governance and cultural challenges in Africa. However, foreign actors such as donors have an apparent role in shaping geospatial policies and outcomes. Thus far, the complex linkages between external aid and improved social and environmental m...
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Presents a collection of slides covering the following topics: SERVIR; GEOSS themes; harmful algal bloom monitoring; fire monitoring; flood monitoring; USAID evaluation policy; demand analysis; Web portal monitoring; client data management; use analysis; policy influence; policy impact; and product lifecycle.
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a b s t r a c t This paper focuses on a geoportal from a ''what lies beneath" perspective. It analyses processes of bud-geting, planning, monitoring, performance measurement, and reporting of the national initiative titled Digital Information of the Dutch Subsurface (known by its Dutch acronym, DINO). The study is used as a means to empirically ref...
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Several innovative ‘participatory sensing’ initiatives are under way in East Africa. They can be seen as local manifestations of the global notion of Digital Earth. The initiatives aim to amplify the voice of ordinary citizens, improve citizens' capacity to directly influence public service delivery and hold local government accountable. The popula...
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Coordination of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) is a balancing act between technological efficiency objectives and public sector inefficiency realities. SDI technological advocates typically promote that SDI coordination should aim for national, seamless, standardized, and nonredundant data sets. This would increase operational efficiencies whe...
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While commercial virtual globes (e.g. Google Earth) and global scientific cyber-infrastructures (e.g. Digital Earth) are revolutionizing the way we use and produce geo-information, we still lack a rich conceptual understanding of how genuine human actors use geo-information and associated technologies in real work settings. In this paper, we concep...
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Government agencies striving to make geospatial information systems inter-operable and cost-effective often appear to function as a self-regulating network shaped only by internal trust and reciprocity. However, recent public manage-ment research suggests that external steering of a network, exercised by authoritative bodies through hierarchical me...
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Worldwide, nations are implementing National Spatial Data Infrastructures development policies. In most countries national governments are spearheading this process. The predominant view is that a hierarchical approach following administrative jurisdictions is most effective; hereby the SDI policy is implemented at a national level first, and then...
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Located at the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in the Republic of Panama, SERVIR is a regional visualization and monitoring system for Mesoamerica. It integrates satellite and other geospatial data for enhanced scientific knowledge and decision making by researchers, students, and others. The SERVIR...
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Despite the number of SDI initiatives underway worldwide, routine SDI evaluation by public managers is limited. To explore the puzzling gap in SDI evaluation, this chapter examines the institutional arrangements governing the demand for evaluation (internal, external) and the content (inputs, outputs, outcomes). Examples of SDI evaluation practice...
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) requested the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) to undertake a review of current and potential capabilities at regional remote sensing centers in Africa to use remote sensing (RS) applications for societal benefit. In addition, USAID requeste...
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There is general agreement in the international community about the need for establishing a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) to ensure interoperability, enhance return on investment, and improve geospatial data sharing among the geographic information user community. However, to realize such a global SDI, the international community needs...
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Transitional economies with large geographical areas (such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China) represent both a challenge and an opportunity for the creation of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). Setting up an SDI in transitional economies is critically ...
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A spatial data infrastructure (SDI) can be conceived as the geo-information technology realm of e-governance. SDI evaluation approaches are maturing with a steady increase in research instruments, from questionnaires to case studies to the use of theoretical grounding and, most recently, to theory generation. Still, however, there is considerable d...
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Practitioners around the world are building frameworks for spatial data interoperability and cross-agency coordination, referred to as spatial data infrastructure (SDI). In this study, we attempt to understand how and why SDI practitioners ‘on the ground’ are evaluating their ‘own’ efforts in developing such frameworks. For this purpose, we mobiliz...
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Geospatial data and services are core elements of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). Their development requires cross-agency alignment of geospatial investments to minimize duplication and to improve resource allocation according to community priorities. With government agencies being the predominant producers of a country's overall geospatial da...
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A sizeable amount of investment in geospatial technologies in Africa, rather than contributing to a coordinated, cross-agency framework referred to as spatial data infrastructure (SDI), has been ad hoc and fragmented. Many of the lauded benefits of geospatial technologies have not been sustained because of 'stove-piped' or 'silo' installations and...
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The authors provided an introduction to data content standards for digital geographical information in this presentation, and summarised their assessment of 170 standards that they identified as candidates for further examination. Of these, they selected 14 standards containing data dictionaries or feature catalogues, and compared their feature typ...
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Data content standards tend to be more accessible. Easier to understand. Used directly by many end users. Immediately applicable to Africa. More susceptible to culture and language – Hence, more important to have local standards
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SUMMARY Recent studies have been carried out to assess the development of national spatial data infrastructure (SDI) worldwide (Crompvoets et al., 2004; Kok and van Loenen, 2004; Hyman et. al. 2003). These studies have focused on countries that are implementing various components of SDI. A survey of national spatial data clearinghouses worldwide in...
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GIS specialists in Africa are quickly seeing the horizon with respect to Geospatial Data Infrastructure (GDI); it is the bottom line that is proving elusive. Financial, budgeting and accounting measures need to be brought into the discourse. Accessing and allocating funds are key to identifying a functional business model for GDI and may also provi...
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A FEW YEARS ago, if one surveyed Africa to see how prevalent Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) initiatives were, one might have gotten a scanty response. But scratch a bit deeper, and a different story begins to emerge. SDI development has been plodding along, though at times with a different name.
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Executive Summary In October 1998, the Seeds of Hope project contributed to the production of 2,000 copies of the "Mitch Atlas", containing fundamental maps on population, land use, roads, rivers, topography, and soils. The Atlas was freely distributed to institutions for post-Hurricane Mitch emergency response and reconstruction. Two years later,...
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Integrated conservation and development programs (ICDPs) are large, complex experiments in managing natural resources for both biodiversity and economic benefits. Monitoring should be an essential element within these programs to provide information for assessment and adaptive management; however, selecting appropriate indicators and designing effe...

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