Title: PSS design: a general framework perspective

Authors: Michele Campagna, Andrea De Montis, Giancarlo Deplano

Addresses: Dipartimento di Ingegneria del Territorio, Sezione Urbanistica, Universita di Cagliari, piazza d'Armi, 16, 09123 Cagliari, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria del Territorio, Sezione Costruzioni e Infrastrutture, Universita degli Studi di Sassari, via De Nicola, Sassari 07100, Italy. ' Dipartimento di Ingegneria del Territorio, Sezione Urbanistica, Universita di Cagliari, piazza d'Armi, 16, 09123 Cagliari, Italy

Abstract: The paper presents a tentative framework for Planning Support System (PSS) design. The aim is to aid planners to fully exploit the potential offered by the introduction of Spatial Information Technology into planning practice. The framework proposed is based on a taxonomy of PSSs, which offers different conceptual models useful to adapt a general PSS model to different planning processes. The taxonomy is intended to set the application domain on which planners and developers may enhance the dialogue in system requirements analysis. A case study is proposed to illustrate the framework application and a perspective for further research development is given.

Keywords: information and communication technology; ICT; planning support systems; information systems design; spatial information technology; environmental management; sustainable development; environmental impact assessment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2006.008259

International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 2006 Vol.6 No.1/2, pp.163 - 179

Available online: 26 Nov 2005 *

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