Accession Number : ADA297921

Title :   Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Public Works.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE

Personal Author(s) : O'Connor, Kevin P.

PDF Url : ADA297921

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a unique class of computer software that represent an exciting technology that will have a significant impact on data analysis and information processing during the next decade. GIS links two different technologies, automated mapping and database management systems. Contrary to the vast amount of articles written recently about GIS in news and trade articles, GIS is not a new and unproven technology. The first operational GIS, The Canadian Geographic Information System, began operating in 1962. The first commercially available GIS software became available in the early 1980?s. The tremendous exposure and popularity in the last few years is not attributed to the emergence of a brand new technology, but rather to the increased power and decreased cost of computers and the availability of relatively inexpensive digital data (1) But what is GIS? The use of GIS has grown dramatically from its beginnings in the mid 80%s from obscurity to become commonplace in business, universities and governments where they are used for many diverse applications. (2) Many definitions of a GIS have been developed. (KAR) P. 5

Descriptors :   *DATA BASES, *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *GEOGRAPHY, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA PROCESSING, AUTOMATION, IMPACT, DATA MANAGEMENT, COMPUTERS, CANADA, COSTS, UNIVERSITIES, MAPPING, DIGITAL MAPS.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE