GEOGRAPHY IN BUSINESS? – GIS for Business and Service Planning

GEOGRAPHY AS THE BASIS OF GIS 

In the rush to create bigger and better technical solutions, many in the GIS industry tend to forget that the discipline known as “geography” is the basis of GIS. GIS provides nothing more than the opportunity to manipulate and analyse geographical phenomena using automated systems. In fact, Michael Goodchild, director of the US National Center for Geographic Information Analysis (NCGIA) quite “recently” suggested (Goodchild 1992) that the acronym GIS should be understood to stand for “geographic information science”. This new definition would place more emphasis on analysis of “geographic information” and less on “system”.

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GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION: Cities, businesses and a healthy future

More than half the world’s population is now urban. Geographic information and maps are helping city governments become more democratic and participatory.

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