Ground Truth: The Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems

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John Pickles
Guilford Press, 1995 - Technology & Engineering - 248 pages
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Ground Truth is the first book to explicitly address the role of geographic information systems (GIS) in their social context. Contributing authors consider the ideas and practices that have emerged among GIS users, demonstrating how they reflect the material and political interests of certain groups. Chapters also discuss the impact of new GIS technologies on the discipline of geography, and evaluate the role of GIS within the wider transformations of free-market capitalism. Presenting thought-provoking essays by leading scholars, the book lays the groundwork for a critical rethinking of GIS that will open up an important debate.
 

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Contents

GIS and Geographic Research
31
GIS and the Inevitability of Ethical Inconsistency
68
Public Cartography
113
The Strategic
130
Global Imagery and GIS
171
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John Pickles, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, is also member of the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. His teaching and writing focus on such topics as social theory, disciplinary history, regional political economy, and the geography of transition and restructuring in South Africa and Eastern Europe.

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