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Taming Information Systems for Land Use: Mining the Meta-data

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 575-579 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8383)
Authors:   R.Sadananda1, Frits Penning De Vries, and Pisuth Paiboonralt

Land is a scarce natural resource as has always been. But given the accelerated exploitation of the planet during our times, it has perhaps become one of the most critical resources of mankind, from the point of sustainability. The Earth Summit- Agenda 21 gave a call for Sustainable Development, identified and emphasized the role of information in the pursuit of this objective. The paper addresses issue of proliferation of information systems available for land management, in the context of demand for information systems for optimal use of land, especially from the point of sustainable development. An information system known as Landman has been created. It consists of a database of description of various software on land management developed available with hyper links to the origin and users. The research was sponsored by IDRC and conducted by International Water Management Institute, Department of Agriculture, Thailand and the Asian Institute of Technology. The paper reports on the findings of the analysis of such a system and out line possible directions for future research.

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