Governments And Geographic Information by P-TaylorFrancis


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									Governments And Geographic Information
Author: I. Masser
Table of Contents

The emergence of national geographic information strategies; what is geographic information and why is it
so important; Britain - the creation of national digital topographic database; the Netherlands - the
emergence of a national geographic information strategy; Australia - the Commonwealth dimension of
state geographic information strategies; the United States - the national spatial data infrastructure in
perspective; what lessons can be learnt from these experiences?

Modern geographic information systems technology has transformed spatial data handling capabilities
and made it necessary for governments to rethink their roles with respect to the supply and availability of
geographic information.; The nature of the relationship between governments and geographic information
is explored in this book from a number of different conceptual positions with reference to the experiences
of Britain, the Netherlands, Austria and the United States and particularly with respect to the development
of national geographic information strategies.; The book examines the role that can be played both
directly through a variety of policy initiatives and also indirectly because of the extent to which they
create the broader institutional context within which these are developed and implemented. The
discussion is divided into three main parts. The first of these considers what is Special About Geographic
Information And Evaluates The Notion Of geographic information from four different standpoints - as a
resource, a commodity, an asset and an infrastructure.; The second part presents the findings from four
case studies of national geographic information strategies, while the final section evaluates these
experiences with a view to identifying what general lessons can be learnt from them.

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