Geographic Information Management in Local Government

Geographic Information Management in Local Government


By (author) Ian Gilfoyle, By (author) Peter Thorpe

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  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm
  • Publication date: 30 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074840936X
  • ISBN 13: 9780748409365
  • Illustrations note: 30 black & white tables

Product description

Local government professionals engaged in a wide range of tasks need to understand the potential applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Local authorities are slowly gaining awareness of the benefits that GIS can bring. "Geographic Information Management in Local Government" presents a series of representative case studies taken from a variety of authorities in the UK. In each instance, the text examines what triggered the authority's initial decision to adopt GIS, explores the types of problems that it encountered and highlights a number of areas of best practice. It reviews the capabilities and limitations of existing techniques, considers the human factors that affect the adoption of GIS (including training needs), and explores the future of GIS in local government. It is critical for all those considering a new GIS or developing the future of GIS in local governments.

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Author information

Gilfoyle; Ian University of Manchester, Manchester, UK,Thorpe; Peter Peter Thorpe Consulting, Kenilworth, UK,

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION. The background to geographic information management in local government. The development of GIS in local government. KEY ELEMENTS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT. Organizational content. Spatial data. Technology. Approaches to GIS justification, selection, and implementation. Coordinating mechanisms. THE CASE STUDIES. Introduction to the case studies. Case study-Bristol city council. Case study-Southampton city council. Case study-Leeds city council. Case Case