Geographical Information and Planning: European Perspectives by John Stillwell, Stan Geertman, Stan Openshaw PDF

By John Stillwell, Stan Geertman, Stan Openshaw

The Nineteen Nineties have visible a few impressive alterations in geographical info (GI) provision and computing device expertise that experience impacted on a number of the actions that represent making plans in all its diversified types. even though, particularly few texts within the box of geographical details platforms (GIS) and making plans were released in view that Henk Scholten and John Stillwell edited Geographical details platforms for city and neighborhood making plans in 1990. This quantity seeks to redress the stability by way of displaying how GI of varied forms is getting used in city, actual, environmental, socio-economic and enterprise making plans contexts at neighborhood, nearby and nationwide scales with the help of GIS and modelling tools, and the way the makes use of of GI and GI applied sciences have advanced during the last decade. in this interval, a few conferences came about in Europe in several destinations organised firstly by way of ecu Geographical info platforms (EGIS, 1990- ninety four) and extra lately via the Joint ecu convention and Exhibition (JEC) on Geographical details (1995-97). those conferences introduced jointly contributors of the GI group from internationally to debate GI examine and GIS purposes. one of many specific curiosity teams linked to the JEC gatherings was once that on 'Geographical info and making plans' and several other of the contributions during this ebook have their origins in papers provided to the group's meetings.

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As noted above, the successful implementation of a multi-purpose, multi-user GIS is likely to be much more a matter of the relative trade-offs between the costs and benefits to those involved (see, for example, Moore 1993). Secondly, there is plenty of evidence from other fields to show that the outcomes of implementing the same technology varies so markedly that it must be concluded that it is not the technology itself that determines the results of this process but the particular organisational and institutional circumstances surrounding its implementation (see, for example, Eason 1988).

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Geographical modelling refers to the standard locational and topological object and layer manipulation functions found in off-the-shelf analytical GIS software (overlay, buffer, spatial query). These tools can be used for urban plan-making relevant activities like suitability mapping and evaluation of spatially specified goals. For generating predictive information (projections, forecasts, scenarios), GIS is much less suited, mainly because it lacks elaborate spatial modelling functionality. In the same vein, Batty (1993) argues that when GIS is used as a planning support system (PSS), its database and visualisation capabilities need to be harnessed by traditional spatial models (see also Klosterman 1997).

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