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Internet GIS

  • By: Ming-Hsiang Tsou
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Internet GIS refers to the use of the Internet as a means to exchange geospatial data, perform geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and visualize maps. Like many other new research fields, there is no general agreement on the term Internet GIS. Several alternative names have been adopted in the GIS community to represent similar concepts, such as online GIS, distributed geographic information (DGI), and Web-based GIS (or Web GIS). These different terms are similar, but they are not synonymous. For example, Web-based GIS refers to the use of Web browsers as the primary viewers/containers to conduct GIS tasks. However, some popular GIS applications, such as Google Earth, use their own browsers instead of relying on the default Web browsers. Therefore, Google Earth is an Internet ...

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