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Managing Geographic Information System Projects : SPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS - William E. Huxhold

Managing Geographic Information System Projects


Hardcover Published: 5th January 1995
ISBN: 9780195078695
Number Of Pages: 272

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Most of the current publications on geographic information systems (GIS) focus on its mechanics, technology, and project-specific applications. This much-needed book, however, introduces the reader to GIS implementation from a management and organizational perspective. GIS is becoming increasingly popular and is evolving from a mapping tool used for support functions to a technology capable of redesigning land administration. In other sectors, information technology has had a dramatic effect on operations. This book examines those cases, and applies them to GIS paradigm, stressing that GIS technology itself does not cause improvements in operational efficiency and effectiveness, but enables changes that can facilitate these improvements. The bulk of the book guides the reader through the necessary frameworks and techniques needed to plan, design, and implement GIS as a technological infrastructure within an organization. Managing Geographic Information System Projects, is suitable for both students and professionals who want to know how to successfully implement GIS technology in organizations.

"[P]resents a realistic picture of detailed tasks that must be addressed in order to successfully manage a GIS...a wealth of valuable information...Huxhold and Levinsohn present some excellent ideas, conceptual frameworks, principles, guidance, and experience....[T]his book is the only one to date that substantially addresses the tasks involved in GIS management."--URISA Journal "[A]n interesting, well-written volume...[with] smooth writing, appropriate definitions, good examples, an emphasis on strategic thinking and vision, and a thorough analysis of what an effective organizational mobilization implies....The book is encyclopedic in using existing literature, outlining management approaches, and explicating standards and criteria. I suggest it be used for its obvious relevance to GIS practitioners. Indeed, it is an excellent manual for planning, managing, and improving the climate of the increasing armory of decision support systems, especially regarding rapidly changing information technologies."--GIS World "Good, to-the-point approach! Doesn't get bogged down with techno jargon. A good, concise how-it-works and how-to-use-it format. The application is one we don't often see in these kinds of books."--James Segedy, Ball State University "As the field of GIS matures , there is a trend to downplay the management, implementation, and organizational context of Geographic Information Systems and consider the long-term aspects from a practical and pragmatic perspective. This book starts us down that path."--James Lein, Ohio University "A good addition to GIS literature. This much-needed book fills a gap in the discipline."--Indrajith Wijayratne, Michigan Tech University "A much needed book which appears to nicely draw together a wealth of information."--Daniel F. Wagner, University of South Carolina

1: The GIS Paradigm 2: Fundamentals of GIS Management 3: Strategic Planning for GIS 4: Implementation Planning 5: Systems Design Methodology 6: Implementation Management 7: Managing the System Appendix: Additional Case Studies and Examples:

ISBN: 9780195078695
ISBN-10: 0195078691
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 5th January 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53