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Humanistic GIScience

  • By: Daniel Z. Sui
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Humanistic GIScience aims to integrate knowledge derived from the humanistic tradition with key issues related to spatial data representation, analysis, and visualization in the context of GIScience. Rather than attempting to maximize accuracy by minimizing or even eliminating uncertainty, humanistic GIScience incorporates the human subjective and even imaginative dimensions of experience in the process of spatial data handling.

Recent developments in ubiquitous computing have made almost everything computable with explicit geotagging. The goal of humanistic GIScience is to build dialogues with the humanistic tradition to understand human life in the context of social or human-centered computing. Recent works on the integration of indigenous knowledge, feminist perspectives, public participation GIS, collaborative GIS, and GIS-based art practices into the conventional GIS modeling processes are examples of humanistic GIScience ...

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