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GIS Technology, Maps, Society - Nicholas Chrisman

GIS Technology, Maps, Society

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This book focuses on the relationship between geographic information systems and society. Since the early 1970s, Nicholas Chrisman has been one of the pioneers in the field of GIS. Over the years, the technology's sophistication has continued to increase. It is now a dominant technology in both geography and demography. Chrisman situates GIS in broader social relations, showing how this technology operates in a broader context than many of its practitioners suppose. In doing so, he shows that science is not neutral.

1. Introduction: Presenting A GIS in Practice, Breaking Open the Black Boxes to Expose the Negotiations Embedded in the Data and the Software 2. Origins: How did GIS Arise? Multiple Origins and the Irrelevance of the Origins Game 3. Hazy Fun-House Mirrors: How does a GIS (or a Map) Represent? 4. Making Information: How a GIS Constructs New Information from Spatial and Attribute Relationships 5. Dreams of Neutral, Transparent Decision Support: How does a GIS Help Make Decisions? Why do Public Groups Adopt a GIS Strategy? 6. Reversing the Arrow of Progress: Technical Decisions are not Always Cast in Stone; Old Arguments can be Revisited and Decisions Overturned 7. Geographies of Geographic Information: Local Implementations of GIS Vary Around the World, and Why 8. Closing Some Circles: Conclusions

ISBN: 9780415944281
ISBN-10: 0415944287
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th December 2017
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.400 x 20.320  x 5.080
Weight (kg): 0.455
Edition Type: New edition