Exploring the Benefits of an Open Systems Paradigm for Building Permit Technologies in Local Governments of Florida


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Exploring the Benefits of an Open Systems Paradigm for Building Permit Technologies in Local Governments of Florida
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1 online resource (224 p.)
Papajorgji, Juna
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
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Thesis/Dissertation Information

Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Design, Construction, and Planning, Design, Construction and Planning
Committee Chair:
Zwick, Paul D
Committee Co-Chair:
Bejleri, Ilir
Committee Members:
Schneider, Richard H
Mao, Liang


Subjects / Keywords:
governance -- local -- open -- source
Design, Construction and Planning -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Urban and Regional Planning -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Design, Construction, and Planning thesis, Ph.D.
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This dissertation proposes a new paradigm for Florida’s building permit computational technologies based on Open Systems. It hypothesizes that given Florida’s uniform building code, steering Florida’s local governments towards an Open Systems paradigm for building permit technologies, creates the conditions for transformative improvements in delivery of services, significant cost-savings of public expenditures, and an increase in governmental transparency. To test this thesis, this dissertation uses qualitative research, built from interpretation of existing information. It evaluates a building permit and inspection computerized system developed with an open paradigm by Alachua County, utilizing data from 2000 to 2009. It then reviews building permit technologies used by local governments of the State of Florida, examining their level of adoption of the open paradigm. Results for the Alachua County confirm that Open Systems lead to better quality, lower cost, and more transparency. ·  The Open System has transformed the process of permitting, inspections, and code enforcement, and it has established a higher standard for data quality, and integrity. ·  For an eight year time span, the Open System has introduced a cost saving of $1.43 million. ·  The Open System has established a degree of operational transparency where the entire process of permitting and inspection, and its entire data repository created over the years, is publicly available in real time, to anyone, anywhere. This same degree of transparency also applies to the product itself, as the Open System is in the public domain.   Results for the State of Florida show that the extent of use of proprietary systems is pervasive, and that the scale of parallel acquisitions by local governments from the same vendor is high. They prove that improvements in governmental services, and in the democratization of public data and processes, can be obtained by transitioning to contemporary open paradigms, and which also meaningfully include the users. This study proposes the expansion of the current paradigm of procurement, acquisition, and development for building permit and inspection technologies by local governments of Florida, to formally embrace the Open Systems method as an equal or perhaps better alternative than the proprietary one.
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by Juna Papajorgji.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
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Includes vita.
Includes bibliographical references.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
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Adviser: Zwick, Paul D.
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Co-adviser: Bejleri, Ilir.
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