FIG Peer Review Journal


Strategic Position Model Geo-ICT Function: Facing the Challenge of Organizational Alignment (3907)

Michiel Jellema (Netherlands)
Mr. Michiel Jellema
Delft University of Technology
OTB Research Institute
P.O.Box 5030
Corresponding author Mr. Michiel Jellema (email: m.jellema[at], tel.: + 31 06 53946802)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


This paper focuses on organizational aspects and aims to explain the dynamic alignment between the development of the internal Geo-ICT function, including the corporate SDI, of an organization and the interest of this organization in an SDI. It is proposed that a better understanding of the topic of alignment provides an insight into the qualitative and quantitative benefits of an SDI and can give direction to a further development of the SDI. The cooperation among the different public and private organizations involved in an SDI is complex and the success of the SDI is mainly based on the organizational aspects of the cooperation. The complexity of the cooperation among organizations in an SDI has also a dynamic aspect. Not only the organizations involved in the ongoing process of developing the SDI, also the SDI’s itself developed due to new initiatives. As a result of an ongoing study at the Delft University of Technology the Strategic Position Model Geo-ICT Function is developed. In this paper the Strategic Position Model Geo-ICT Function is presented and with this model it becomes possible to compare, analyze and explain the dynamic alignment between the internal Geo-ICT function, including the corporate SDI, of the organization and the different levels of SDI’s. When organizations are ’in alignment with the SDI’ and they can rely on an SDI, the SDI becomes an important cornerstone for the internal Geo-ICT function of each organization. In return, the investments, development and business decisions of organizations for their Geo-ICT function give an impulse to the interest and the use of an SDI. This interest can lead to further development of the SDI, so the community of all users drives a successful development of the SDI.
Keywords: GSDI; Spatial planning; SDI; organization; alignment; Strategic Position Model Geo-ICT Function