Geographical information science

Michael F. Goodchild

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Research papers at conferences such as the European Geographical Information Systems (EGIS) and the International Symposia on Spatial Data Handling address a set of intellectual and scientific questions which go well beyond the limited technical capabilities of current technology in geographical information systems. This paper reviews the topics which might be included in a science of geographical information. Research on these fundamental issues is a better prospect for long-term survival and acceptance in the academy than the development of technical capabilities. This paper reviews the current state of research in a series of key areas and speculates on why progress has been so uneven. The final section of the paper looks to the future and to new areas of significant potential in this area of research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClassics from IJGIS
Subtitle of host publicationTwenty years of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science and Systems
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781420006377
ISBN (Print)9780849370427
StatePublished - Jul 20 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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