Understanding the Supply Side: ICT Experience of Marmara Region, Turkey

Understanding the Supply Side: ICT Experience of Marmara Region, Turkey

Koray Velibeyoglu (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey) and Tan Yigitcanlar (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-838-3.ch015
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Marmara region’s local governments in Turkey are setting the benchmark for the country in the implementation of spatial information systems and e-governance. The chapter aims to shed light on organizational realities of recent practices of information systems and technologies based on the evidences from selected local government organizations in the Marmara region. This chapter scrutinizes these practices and discusses the pivotal relationship between the information and communication technologies and its local organizational context within the region. The chapter also exemplifies challenges and opportunities of the Marmara as an emerging information and communication technology-supported region by illustrating the specific information and communication technology supply instruments. The chapter reveals that the particular success in supply side does not guarantee the sustainable information and communication technology implementation. There are other concerns including demand side that are strongly linked to a realistic understanding of end user demand, the institutional capacity of respected organizations, public-private partnership, and the joined-up policy efforts at both national and local levels.

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