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Over the past twenty years research on the evolving relationship between GIS and Society has been expanding into a wide variety of topical areas, becoming in the process an increasingly challenging and multifaced endeavor. The SAGE Handbook of GIS and Society is a retrospective and prospective overview of GIS and Society research that provides an expansive and critical assessment of work in that field. Emphasizing the theoretical, methodological and substantive diversity within GIS and Society research, the book highlights the distinctiveness and intellectual coherence of the subject as a field of study, while also examining its resonances with and between key themes, and among disciplines ranging from geography and computer science to sociology, anthropology, and the health and environmental sciences. Comprising 27 chapters, often with an international focus, the book is organized into six sections: Foundations of Geographic Information and Society; Geographic Information and Modern Life; Alternative Representations of Geographic Information and Society; Organizations and Institutions; Participation and Community Issues; Value, Fairness, and Privacy

Emerging Frameworks in the Information Age: The Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Phenomenon
Emerging frameworks in the information age: The spatial data infrastructure (sdi) phenomenon
Introduction

The development of geographic information systems (GIS) and related technologies over the last two decades has changed the way in which geographic information is handled by a wide range of public and private sector bodies throughout the world and spawned a multi-billion dollar industry. However, the full potential of these technologies is unlikely to be realised until governments throughout the world take the necessary steps to create spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) to facilitate access to the geographic information assets that are held by the various stakeholders to maximise their overall usage. As a result, governments through the world have begun to develop ...

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