An Innovative Approach to the Development of Spatial Data Infrastructures and Web 2.0 Technologies

  • Laosuwan, T.,
  • Ritjareonwattu, S.,


With insufficient budgets, many metropolitan areas are confronted with the rapid population growth and the ineffective city management. The citizen participation in these problems is likely to be the key factor to the success of municipal administration. Some strategic plans incorporated with monetary tightening policy are used to solve the problems from fast demographic changes. At the moment, the Internet is an effective channel for promoting the citizen participation. Geographic information system (GIS) has been combined the World Wide Web (WWW) system in last two decades. There were some hindrances when using the combined system as the e-Participation system. The Web 2.0 technologies have led to the significant development in the internet technology. This may be a promising solution for solving the problem in e-Participation system. With such Web 2.0 technologies, the information is more accessible and hence increases the participation of the citizen. In Thailand, spatial data infrastructure has been established by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). This has enhanced availability of the qualified geodata, such as data related to a spatial context. Therefore, the e-Participation can benefit the municipal administration and planning. In this research, the e-Participation for the city management in Maha Sarakham (Thailand) was investigated and the status of spatial data infrastructure and Web 2.0 technologies was also reviewed.