What Does ‘GIS’ Mean?
Abstract:Many definitions of ‘GIS’ have been proposed, but they are rarely discussed in the peer-reviewed literature. Most definitions in active use have serious limitations. Recent literature includes a variety of proposals to redefine GIS by changing the third word. This paper proposes an extended definition accompanied by a condensed form that contains the key concepts: ‘Geographic Information System (GIS) – Organized activity by which people measure and represent geographic phenomena then transform these representations into other forms while interacting with social structures.’/p>
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Publication date: March 1, 1999