Looking Forward: Geographic Information Services and Libraries in the Future

Author: Buttenfield, Barbara P.

Source: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 1 July 1998, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 161-171(11)

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Abstract:

This paper outlines aspects of present information technology, commerce, and science in the context of geographic information. A review of recent collaborations of government, private sector, and academic representatives identifies possible trajectories for the future of geographic information services. Drawing from these efforts, implications and opportunities for digital libraries are summarized. Opportunities include data clearinghouse activities; brokering information to government organizations, community coordinators, and lay citizens; provision of customized searches; provision of data manipulation or small format map output; assistance with interpreting downloaded information; and serving as an alternate lifelong learning center for access to and use of geographic information.

Keywords: FUTURE; GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION; INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE; LIBRARY SERVICES; SOCIETY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1559/152304098782383124

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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