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A multi-level perspective of a spatial data ecosystem: needs and challenges among urban planning stakeholders in New Zealand

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Spatial data ecosystems are often complex, and stakeholders express difficulties in finding, accessing, using and sharing spatial information.

Doing so can be essential for making good evidence-based decisions on urban development. New Zealand’s urban planning spatial data ecosystem is no exception. This paper identifies and maps key stakeholders, their data needs and respective barriers to an improved use of spatial information. We apply a multi-level perspective approach to analysing challenges of a transition towards an improved spatial data ecosystem for urban decision-making. Based on expert interviews and the international literature, we provide recommendations to improve the spatial data ecosystem and reduce barriers to making spatial data more available to support urban decisions. Our stakeholder-based analysis highlights the importance of intensive stakeholder engagement across the multiple levels of the spatial data ecosystem, fostering increased awareness and understanding of the value of fit-for-purpose spatial information for better planning outcomes. We argue for a coordinated, stakeholder-based mechanism addressing in particular cultural and governance local practices.

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