Joined-up Thinking Across the Irish Border: Making the Data More Compatible

Kitchin, Rob and Bartley, Brendan and Gleeson, Justin and Cowman, Mick and Fotheringham, Stewart and Lloyd, Chris (2007) Joined-up Thinking Across the Irish Border: Making the Data More Compatible. Journal of Cross Border Studies (2). pp. 22-34.

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Levels of co-operation between government bodies, semi-state agencies, community groups and private industry in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are increasing rapidly with respect to issues such as coordinated infrastructure planning, health care, trade and enterprise, as well as peace and reconciliation. These initiatives require joined-up thinking and detailed rationales for their formation and funding, which in turn are dependent on evidence-based arguments. However, at present, providing consistent, coherent and reliable evidence on a cross-border basis for use at different scales is extremely difficult due to issues of data interoperability across the jurisdictions. In other words, data are often incompatible and therefore difficult to compare. Addressing issues of data interoperability is crucial to successful cross-border, evidence-based initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Irish border; cooperation; Ireland; Northern Ireland; Data interoperability;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3873
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 15:09
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cross Border Studies
Publisher: Centre for Cross Border Studies
Refereed: Yes

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