Geographic Information Systems in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Options for Decision Support

Geographic Information Systems in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Options for Decision Support

Brian E. Mennecke (East Carolina University, USA) and Lawrence A. West (University of Central Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1998040102
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Abstract

Decision making at the national level in developing or developed countries requires the integrated use of information from a multitude of sources. This paper shows how geographic information systems technology provides a natural integration mechanism that is not naturally available in conventional systems. The capabilities of the technology and their contribution to strategic decision making are presented as is a flexible architecture for implementing a national level decision support system based on GIS technology. The most significant impediment to such a system is the availability of suitable data and strategies for developing data are also presented.

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