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Now in a fully revised and expanded second edition, this widely adopted text and practical reference addresses all aspects of developing and using geographic information systems (GIS) within an organization. Coverage includes the role of the GIS professional, how geographic information fits into broader management information systems, the use of GIS in strategic planning, and ways to navigate the organizational processes that support or inhibit the success of GIS implementation. All chapters retained from the prior edition have been thoroughly updated to reflect significant technological, empirical, and conceptual advances, as well as the changing contexts of GIS use. New chapters discuss organizational politics, metadata, legal issues, and GIS ethics.
'This second edition fills the need for a broad introduction to the management of GIS technology and data. Beyond that basic introduction, it provides an extensive bibliography for those who want greater depth on specific issues. I liked the first edition because it summarized a wide range of literature not available to most readers. The second edition builds on that base with updated material and additional chapters. It will be very useful to anyone interested in managing GIS.' -" William J. Craig, Associate Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA" 'The priceless insights in Managing Geographic Information Systems, Second Edition, show how geospatial technology is an indispensable (yet occasionally problematic) tool for policy analysts, environmental scientists, and community activists concerned with zoning, economic development, and access to social services. Students and conscientious professionals alike can benefit from the authors' varied experience, innovative approach, and thoughtful prose. I look forward to using this text in my course on geographic information and public policy.' -" Mark Monmonier, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA" 'Provides refreshed theoretical discussion, as well as pragmatic views on the critical and complex issues related to GIS adoption and management. This splendid book is a 'must read' for any organization that intends to embrace GIS. The topics are comprehensive and discussed with startling clarity. The vital interdisciplinary orientation of the book makes it useful for a wide range of courses in the social and political sciences, urban planning and policy, and engineering.' -" Kheir Al-Kodmany, Urban Planning and Policy Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA"
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