GIS Diffusion: The Adoption And Use Of Geographical Information Systems In Local Government in Europe

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I. Masser, Heather Campbell, Massimo Craglia
CRC Press, Mar 25, 1996 - Technology & Engineering - 240 pages
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This third book in the GISDATA series focuses on the widespread use of geographical information systems GIS in European local government. The editors include a wide range of applications carried out by different professional groups, and offer the opportunity of studying the extent to which diffusion of innovations like GIS are sensitive to national issues such as cultural context, institutional setup and the availability of data.; The book answers key questions such as: what can be learnt from research on organizational behaviour in relation to technological innovation?; what are the classical features of the GIS diffusion process?; to what extent is the adoption and utilization of GIS facilitated - or impeded - by the organizational culture within which it takes place?; and what mechanisms can be applied to enhance the diffusion of GIS? The book covers aspects of diffusion in the following European countries: UK, France, Italy, Poland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece and Portugal.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Reflections on CIS diffusion research
9
Theoretical perspectives of the diffusion of CIS technologies
23
CIS in local government in five European countries
47
a federal approach to land information management
67
GIS and administrative decentralization
87
Local autonomy register based information
125
CIS in local government in four other European countries
161
methodological doubts and practical solutions
183
the diffusion of graphic information technology
195
Evaluation
211
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Educated in geography and town planning at Liverpool University, Professor Ian Masser has been involved with the INSPIRE Directive since its beginning. He was founder chairman of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) and president of both the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI) and the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI). His publications include 18 books and more than 300 published papers and conference presentations. He authored the first and second editions of Building European Spatial Data Infrastructures (Esri Press 2007, 2010).

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