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What is WebGIS

Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies
Is a technology that is used to display and analyze spatial data on the Internet. It combines the advantages of both the Internet and GIS. It offers public a new means to access spatial information without owning expensive GIS software.
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Online Urban Information Systems
Tan Yigitcanlar (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Omur Saygin (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-843-7.ch078
Countless factors affect the inner workings of a city, so in an attempt to gain an understanding of place and making sound decisions, planners need to utilize decision support systems (DSS) or planning support systems (PSS). PSS were originally developed as DSS in academia for experimental purposes, but like many other technologies, they became one of the most innovative technologies in parallel to rapid developments in software engineering as well as developments and advances in networks and hardware. Particularly, in the last decade, the awareness of PSS have been dramatically heightened with the increasing demand for a better, more reliable and furthermore a transparent decision-making process (Klosterman, Siebert, Hoque, Kim, & Parveen, 2003). Urban planning as an act has quite different perspective from the PSS point of view. The unique nature of planning requires that spatial dimension must be considered within the context of PSS. Additionally, the rapid changes in socio-economic structure cannot be easily monitored or controlled without an effective PSS.
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Flipped Teaching: A Useful Method for Cloud-Based GIScience Learning
Geographic Information Systems online. They allow one not only to add and remove layers of data, but also to collect, process, analyze, interpret, visualize and communicate them, but also to achieve client-server interaction. Web maps integrate them.
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