Working with geographic information systems in a policy environment

H. J. Scholten, P. Padding

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It is clear that geographic information systems (GIS) offer many new opportunities for both geographic research and planning practice. The problem is how to cope with these possibilities and how to resolve the various technical problems which beset the present generation of GIS. On the one hand, GIS systems are not advanced enough in that their functionality is limited, whereas, on the other hand, their possible use in practice is already too difficult because of the technical expertise required in their operation. Therefore, a distinction is made between different types of users of spatial information. The current possibilities of GIS usage and their strengths and weaknesses are discussed in relation to the requirements of these various users. A strategy designed to meet these different forms of use is outlined. An information system called RIA (Regional Information through Automation) has been developed for public decision makers and involved citizens in the Netherlands. It is based on a large and flexible GIS. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-416
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironment & Planning B: Planning & Design
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990


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