Geographic information systems and science: Today and tomorrow

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Great strides have been made in geographic information systems and science over the past 14 years: through the development of spatial data infrastructures and the infrastructure of data sharing; through advances in the technologies of positioning, data acquisition, data dissemination, and data analysis; and through advances in the science that lies behind the technology. Five future scenarios are examined: a world in which it is possible to know where everything is at all times; a world of positioning, representation, and wayfinding that is fully three dimensional; a world that involves the citizen as both consumer and producer of geographic information; a world of ready access to predictions of future landscapes; and a world of real-time dynamic information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-9
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of GIS
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Geographic information science
  • Geographic information system
  • Geospatial dynamics
  • Positioning
  • Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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