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The Sage Handbook of GIS and Society


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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Geographic Information Systems and Society - Timothy L. Nyerges, Robert McMaster, and Helen Couclelis A Twenty Year Research Perspective PART TWO: GIS AND SOCIETY RESEARCH SECTION ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF GIS AND SOCIETY RESEARCH Concepts, Principles, Tools, and Challenges in Spatially Integrated Social Science - Donald G. Janelle and Michael F. Goodchild Geographic Ontologies and Society - Marinos Kavouras and Margarita Kokla The Social Potential of GIS - Stacy Warren Critical GIS - Sarah Elwood, Nadine Schuurman, and Matthew W. Wilson SECTION TWO: GIS AND MODERN LIFE 107 Connecting Geospatial Information to Society Through Cyberinfrastructure - Marc P. Armstrong, Timothy L. Nyerges, Shaowen Wang, and Dawn Wright Environmental Sustainability - Clodoveu A. Davis, Jr., Frederico T. Fonseca, and Gilberto Camara The Role of Geographic Information Science and Spatial Data Infrastructures in the Integration of People and Nature GIS and Population Health - Nadine Schuurman and Nathaniel Bell An Overview Cogito Ergo Mobilis Sum - Martin Raubal The Impact of Location-based Services on Our Mobile Lives SECTION THREE: ALTERNATIVE REPRESENTATIONS IN GIS AND SOCIETY RESEARCH Human-scaled Visualizations and Society - Dimitris Ballas and Danny Dorling Indigenous Peoples' Issues and Indigenous Uses of GIS - Melinda Laituri Spatial Modeling of Social Networks - Carter T. Butts and Ryan M. Acton GIS Designs for Studying Human Activities in a Space-Time Context - Hongbo Yu and Shih-Lung Shaw SECTION FOUR: GIS IN ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS Emerging Frameworks in the Information Age - Ian Masser The Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Phenomenon Spatial Data Infrastructure for Cadastres - Francis Harvey Foundations and Challenges A GIS-based Computer-supported Collaborative Work Flow System in Urban Planning - Anthony G.O. Yeh and Kenneth S.S. Tang GIS and Emergency Management - Christopher T. Emrich, Susan L. Cutter and Paul J. Weschler SECTION FIVE: GIS IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Designing Public Participation Geographic Information Systems - Piotr Jankowski Online Public Participation GIS for Spatial Planning - Richard Kingston Participatory Approaches in GIS and Society Research - Sarah Elwood Foundations, Practices, and Future Directions PPGIS Implementation and the Transformation of US Planning Practice - Laxmi Ramasubramanian Politics and Power in Participation and GIS Use for Community Decision Making - Rina Ghose SECTION SIX: VALUE, FAIRNESS AND PRIVACY IN A GIS CONTEXT Geographic Information Value Assessment - Roger Longhorn Geovisualization of Spatial Equity - Emily Talen Natural Resource Conflicts, Their Management, and GIS Applications - Peter A. Kwaku Kyem Legal and Ethical Issues of Using Geospatial Technologies in Society - Daniel Z. Sui PART THREE: CONCLUSION GIS and Society Research - Helen Couclelis, Timothy L. Nyerges, and Robert McMaster Reflections and Emerging Themes

About the Author

Timothy Nyerges is Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. Helen Couclelis is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara in 1982, she spent several years as a professional planner and policy advisor in Greece. She has held visiting appointments at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Waterloo, the Institute of Urban and Regional Development of the University of California at Berkeley, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Her research interests are in the areas of geographic information science, urban and regional modeling and planning, integrated urban and environmental modeling, planning support systems, and spatial cognition. She is a co-editor of the journal Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. She has co-edited A Ground for Common Search (with P. Gould and R.G. Golledge) and Geographic Information Research: Bridging the Atlantic (with M. Craglia). She has served as Associate Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) and as member of the executive committee of the NSF-funded Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS). Dr Robert McMaster teaches in the Geography department at the University of Minnesota, US.


The wide ranging contributions to this very important volume demonstrate how success in using GIS to understand society is intimately linked to society's understanding of GIS. Tim Nyerges, Helen Couclelis and Bob McMaster have created the definitive guide to a technology that succeeds or fails depending upon our ability to accommodate societal context and structures. This handbook is lucid, integrative, comprehensive and, above all, prescient in its interpretation of GIS implementation as a societal process.

-- Paul Longley
This is truly a handbook - a book you will want to keep on hand for frequent reference and to which GIS professors should direct students entering our field... Selection of a few of the chapters for individual attention is difficult because each one contributes meaningfully to the overall message of this volume. The SAGE Handbook of GIS and Society is an important collection of articles that will set the tone for the next two decades of discourse and research about GIS and society.
-- Journal of Geographical Analysis

From a broader perspective, the various approaches, topics and applications presented in the book effectively clarify how the spatial dimension helps us to understand social phenomena as a reflection of social relations but also as an integral component of those relations. Its chapters illustrate how geospatial technologies mediate between space and society while shedding light on classic debates conducted in social theory and human geography about the spatial dimension's role in social processes. I highly recommend this book to students, scholars and the general public.

-- Itzhak Omer

The editors have assembled an admirable set of contributions which demonstrate the use of geospatial technologies in a wide range of application areas and have drawn on these case studies to highlight approaches that should contribute to addressing such concerns and thus help meet such laudable (if ambitious) aspirations.

-- Gary Higgs

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