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Business Models for Geographic Information Systems

  • By: James B. Pick
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Business use of geographical information systems (GIS) is growing as spatial costs are reduced and more spatial information becomes available. GIS can be used by business customers, suppliers, internal analysts, decision makers, managers, and executives. A number of models are available to explore, analyze, predict, and strategize with spatial information. Examples are geological modeling of the Earth's fossil deposits for the petroleum industry, identification of “hot sales zones” for the real estate industry, siting models of outlets in fast foods, and decision support in insurance for pricing of policies. This entry covers the business topics of spatial decisions support, enterprise applications of GIS, Web and mobile spatial applications, spatial data, and business GIS strategies.

Gis to Support Business Decisions

Spatial information can assist in decision making. ...

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