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USING GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO BROWSE TOURISTIC INFORMATION

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Abstract:

The current expansion of the Internet makes it one of the most popular places to publish and search for almost any kind of information. In particular, touristic information—not only about tours or information about resources, places, museums, or monuments, but also cultural tourism—has gained much attention in the last years. We propose the use of geographical information systems (GIS) technology that provides interfaces capable of displaying interactive maps with information associated to the elements present in such maps. In this article, we present a Web interface to access touristic information about Galicia (Spain) using GIS technology to easily find any touristic or cultural information. This interface is enclosed in the Galician Virtual Library (http://bvg.udc.es) Web site.

Keywords: Cultural heritage; Geographical information systems (GIS); Internet; Tourism; Web interfaces

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830503108751207

Affiliations: Departamento de Computación, Universidade da Coruña, Campus de Elviña s/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.

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