Managing Geographic Information System Projects

Managing Geographic Information System Projects

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Many of the current publications on GIS focus on the mechanics, technology, and project-specification applications of GIS. This book teaches the reader to successfully implement GIS from a management and organizational perspective. GIS is becoming widely used, and is evolving from a mapping tool used for support functions to a technology capable of redesigning land administration. In other sectors, information technology has had a dramatic effect on operations. This book examines those experiences, and applies them to GIS implementation. The introductory section explores the GIS paradigm - the GIS technology itself does not cause improvements, but that the technology enables changes that can improve operational efficiency and effectiveness. Experience in GIS implementation has shown that the management and organizational issues are more significant than the technical issues in successful GIS implementation. An interdisciplinary approach is taken; information resource management and management science concepts are applied to GIS.
The remainder of the book teaches the reader the necessary frameworks and techniques to plan, design and implement GIS as a technological infrastructure within an organization.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195078691
  • 9780195078695

Table of contents

1. The GIS Paradigm ; 2. Fundamentals of GIS Management ; 3. Strategic Planning for GIS ; 4. Implementation Planning ; 5. Systems Design Methodology ; 6. Implementation Management ; 7. Managing the System ; Appendix: Additional Case Studies and Examples
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Clearly written with a good use of bullet points or line drawings to show ideas ... The book is best suited as a text for management or GIS courses within a post-graduate degree. It should also be read by those involved with the strategic planning of a GIS project. * Rachael A. McDonnell, University of Oxford *
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About Allan G. Levinsohn

William E. Huxhold is chairman and Associate Professor at the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From 1974-90 he was MIS project manager for the City of Milwaukee, where he implemented one of the first urgan geographic systems in North America. He received a M.Sci. in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton in 1973.

Allan G. Levinsohn is an information technology consultant with more than 15 years experience in land and resource management. He has successfully organized and managed many multi-participant GIS projects in Canada, and has worked with government agencies, municipalities, and resource, utility, engineering and technology companies. Mr Levinsohn is well known for his innovative approaches to GIS planning and design.
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