Geographic Information System Applications in the Public Sector

Geographic Information System Applications in the Public Sector

Douglas A. Carr (Oakland University, USA) and T. R. Carr (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-051-6.ch015
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Geographic information systems emerged in the 1970s and have become a significant decision-making tool as their capabilities have been enhanced. This chapter discusses various GIS applications and highlights issues that public managers should consider when evaluating implementation of a geographic information system. GIS applications provide benefits at the planning level by producing maps efficiently, and at the management decision-making level through an ability to geographically display important information for policy-level decisions. While GIS analysis can be a powerful tool, there are a number of issues that pubic managers should consider in order to achieve effective implementation and use of geographic information systems.

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