An overview of municipal information systems of Drakenstein municipality with reference to the Actionit open decision support framework

De Kock, Jacobus M. (Jacobus Michiel) (2002-12)

Thesis (MScEng)--University of Stellenbosch, 2002.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Actionl'I' is a project undertaken by a consortium consisting of CSIR, Simeka Management Consulting, University of Pretoria and the University of Stellenbosch for the Innovation Fund of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology in South Africa. Their objective is to create a basic specification for seletected information exchange that is compatible with all levels of government. The comparison between existing information systems at municipal level and ActionIT specifications will be investigated for the purpose of exposing shortcomings on both sides. Appropriate features of existing information systems will be identified for the purpose of enhancing the ActionIT specifications. The ActionIT project is presently in its user requirement and conceptual model definition phase, and this thesis aims to assist in providing information that may be helpful infuture developments. The study undertaken in this thesis requires the application of analytical theory and a working knowledge of information systems and databases in order to: 1. Research existing information systems and relevant engineering data at local municipal authorities. Also important will be the gathering of information regarding systems currently in use, and the format in which information is stored and utilised at municipalities. 2. Do an adequate analysis of the contents of recorded information. This information will establish background knowledge on the operations of local authorities and a clearer understanding of information systems. 3. Evaluate to what degree existing information systems comply with ActionIT specifications. This will be the main focus of this thesis. Thus the focus of this thesis is to record (provide an overview oj) activities in a municipal environment and the interaction with the environment on information system level where standards provided by ActionIT as an Open Decision Support Framework can be of value.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: ActionIT is in projek wat deur ActionIT konsortium bestaande uit die WNNR, Simeka Management Consulting, Universiteit van Pretoria en die Universiteit van Stellenbosch, onderneem is vir die Innovasie Vonds van die departement van Kuns, Kultuur, Wetenskap en Tegnologie van Suid-Afrika. Hul mikpunt is om in spesifikasie vir informasie sisteme te onwikkel, wat met alle vlakke van regering kan skakel. Die vergelyking tussen die bestaande informasie sisteme op munisipale vlak en ActionIT spesifikasies salondersoek word vir die doelom tekortkominge aan beide kante uit te wys. Vir die verbetering van ActionIT spesifikasies moet aanvaarbare eienskappe van bestaande informasie sisteme geindentifiseer word. Die ActionIT projek is tans in die gebruikers vereiste en konseptueIe model definisie fase, en die tesis is gemik daarop om 'n bydrae te lewer tot die bevordering van informasie wat mag help in toekomstige ontwikkeling. Die werk onderneem in die tesis vereis in teoretiese kennis van informasie sisteme en databasise om: 1. in Ondersoek in die bestaande informasie sisteem en relefante ingenieurs data van in plaaslike munisipaliteit te doen. Die insameling van informasie oor die huidige sisteme in gebruik, die formaat waarin die informasie gestoor en gebruik word is ook belangrik. 2. in Analise van die inhoud van die waargenome informasie te doen. Die informasie sal agtergrond kennis gee oor die werking van plaaslike munisipale owerheid en in beter insig in informasie sisteme gee. 3. in Evaluasie van die verband tussen die bestaande informasie sisteme en ActionIT spesifikasies te doen. Dit is die hoof fokus punt van die tesis. Dus die doel van die tesis is om in oorsig te gee oor die aktiviteite in in munisipale omgewing en die interaksie met die omgewing op informasie sisteem vlak. Waar standaarde wat deur ActionIT voorgeskryf word as in "Open Decision Support Framework" van belang kan wees.

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