Geographic Information Systems and Business
A selective bibliography compiled for ALA/BRASS
ALA Annual Conference -- Chicago, Summer 2000
The business use of GIS technology is rapidly expanding. Business uses include a wide variey of marketing research applications, retail trade area analysis, site selection, real estate development and land use planning, land value assessment, media targeting for advertising, and transportation planning. Geographic information systems may now be considered essential to conventional sales and marketing programs. Software is relatively inexpensive, highly functional, and increasingly user-friendly. Data and skills available to implement the systems are becoming widely available.
The following bibliography supplements a very timely program presented by ALA/BRASS at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in Summer 2000.
Scope of this bibliography:
The ALA/BRASS program is primarily targeted to business librarians who are relatively new to the area of GIS, but who wish to develop awareness and some minimal expertise in this rapidly-changing arena. The creators of this selective bibliography have this same audience in mind.
- Materials published or created from 1995 - present
- Materials from resources reasonably readily available
- Selected material on GIS generally and GIS in a library setting
- Selected material relating to business uses of GIS
- Material in a variety of formats -- books, conference proceedings, articles, web sites, periodical titles to browse, and listservs to follow
Association of Research Libraries. The ARL Geographic Information Systems Literacy Project: a SPEC kit. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, 1999. [ http://www.arl.org/transform/gis/index.html]
Bernhardsen, Tor. Geographic Information Systems: an Introduction. New York: Wiley, 1999. ($60)
Clarke, Keith C. Getting Started With Geographic Information Systems, 2nd. ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999.
Davie, Kevin, James Fox, and Barbara Preece. "The ARL Geographic Information Systems Literacy Project." ARL SPEC Flyer #238 Washington, D.C.: Association for Research Libraries, March 1999. [ http://www.arl.org/spec/238fly.html]
De Mers, Michael.
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1999. ($89)
A good basic intro to GIS.
Foresman, Timothy W., ed. The history of Geographic Information Systems : perspectives from the pioneers. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall PTR, c1998.
Gluck, Myke. "Geospatial Information Needs of the General Public: Text, Maps, and Users' Tasks," pp.151-172 in Smith and Gluck (eds.), Geographic Information Systems and Libraries: Patrons, Maps, and Spatial Information. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996).
Herold, Philip. "Maps and Legends: Plotting a Course for Geographic Information Systems," American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, ACRL 1997 National Conference Papers, Partnerships and Competition session A07, Saturday April 11, 1997 [ http://www.ala.org/acrl/paperhtm/a07.html]
Heywood, Ian. Geographic Information Systems. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999. ($39)
Jue, Dean K. "Implementing GIS in the Public Library Arena," pp.195-212 in Smith and Gluck (eds.), Geographic Information Systems and Libraries: Patrons, Maps, and Spatial Information. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996).
Longley, Paul, ed. Geographical Information Systems: Principles,Techniques, Applications, and Management, 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1999. ($345)
McGlamery, Patrick. "Libraries as Institutions for Sharing," pp. 319-330 in Sharing Geographic Information. Harlan J. Onsrud and Gerald Rushton, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1995.
Moen, William E. "The Government Information Locator Service: Discovering, Identifying, and Accessing Spatial Data," pp.41-67 in Smith and Gluck (eds.), Geographic Information Systems and Libraries: Patrons, Maps, and Spatial Information. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996).
Mount, Jack D., Robert Chang and Partricia J. Morris. "Planning and Developing a GIS Program in a Large Academic Library," 1998 ESRI International User Conference Proceedings, July 27-31, 1998. [ http://www.esri.com/library/userconf/proc98/PROCEED/TO600/PAP551/P551.HTM]
O'Connor, Maura. "Strategic Considerations in Establishing a GIS in a Library. " Paper presented at the 1996 Victorian Association for Library Automation (VALA) Biennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 1996. [ http://www.nla.gov.au/nla/staffpaper/mo1.html]
Soete, George J. Transforming Libraries 2: Issues and Innovations in Geographic Information Systems. (Washington: Association of Research Libraries, SPEC Kit 219, February 1997). Supported by a web-based resource centre, [ http://www.arl.org/transform/gis/index.html]
Watts, Anne. "The St. Louis Public Library's Electronic Atlas: A Successful GIS Application in the Public Library Environment," pp.213-219 in Smith and Gluck (eds.), Geographic Information Systems and Libraries: Patrons, Maps, and Spatial Information. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996).
Business Uses of GIS:
Castle, Gilbert, ed.
GIS in Real Estate: Integrating, Analyzing, and Presenting Locational Information.
Chicago: Appraisal Institute, 1998. ($35)
Grimshaw, David J. Bringing Geographical Information Systems Into Business, 2nd. ed. New York: (Chicester) Wiley, 1999.
Harder, Christian. ArcView Means Business. Redlands, CA: Environmental Systems Research Institute, c1997.
Longley, Paul and Graham Clarke, eds. GIS For Business and Service Planning. Cambridge [England]: GeoInformation; New York: Wiley, 1996.
Public Technology, Inc. GIS: the Next Management Tool. Washington, D.C.: Public Technology, Inc., 1997. ($16)ARTICLES
Abbott, Lisa T. and Carolyn D. Argentati. "GIS: A New Component of Public Service," Journal of Academic Librarianship 21 No. 4 (July 1995): 251-256.
Adler, Prudence S. "An Introduction - Where are We Heading? (in special issue on Geographic Information Systems (GISs) Revisited: A Symposium), Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 No. 6 (Nov. 1997): 447-448.
Argentati, Carolyn D. "Expanding Horizons for GIS Services in Academic Libraries" (in special issue on Geographic Information Systems (GISs) Revisited: A Symposium), Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 No.6, (Nov. 1997): 463-486.
Asche, Hartmut. "Mapping and Map Use in the Age of Information Technology," LIBER Quarterly 8 No.2 (1998): 127-135.
Boissé, Joseph A. and Mary Larsgaard. "GIS in Academic Libraries: A Managerial Perspective," Journal of Academic Librarianship 21 No.4 (July 1995): 288-291.
Boxall, James (editor). "Spatial Data Infrastructure in the 1990s," Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 25 No. 3 (July 1998): Special Content Issue.
Buttenfield, Barbara P. "Looking Forward: Geographic Information Services and Libraries in the Future," Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 25 No. 3 (July 1998): 161-171.
Chiang, Katherine S. and Oya Y. Rieger. "Introduction to Extracting and Mapping Census Data," Reference Services Review 23 No. 1 (1995): 29-38.
Cline, Nancy M. and Prudence S. Adler. "GIS and Research Libraries: One Perspective," Information Technology and Libraries 14 #2, June 1995, pp.111-115.
Cobb, David A. "Developing GIS Relationships," Journal of Academic Librarianship 21 No. 4 (July 1995): 275-277.
Cobb, David A., 1945-, "Online GIS Service," The Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 (November 1997): 484-97.
Corbley, Kevin P. "Geography as a Context Criterion,"
Business Geographics (February 2000): 17-21.
A nice overview of potential GIS uses in e-commerce.
Cox, Allan B. and Fred Gifford. "An Overview to Geographic Information Systems" (in special issue on Geographic Information Systems (GISs) Revisited: A Symposium), Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 No. 6 (November 1997): 449-461.
Deckelbaum, David. "GIS in Libraries: An Overview of Concepts and Concerns." Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, No. 21 (Winter 1999). [ http://www.library.ucsb.edu/istl/99-winter/article3.html]
Greenman, Catherine. "Turning a Map into a Layer Cake of Information," New York Times, January 20, 2000, p. G1.
Hernon, Peter and Robert E. Dugan. "GIS and Privacy" (in special issue on Geographic Information Systems (GISs) Revisited: A Symposium), Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 No. 6, (November 1997): 515-516.
Hernon, Peter. "GIS in Academic Libraries: The Best Kept Non-secret, or the Genie is Now Out of the Bottle," Journal of Academic Librarianship 21 No. 4 (July 1995): 231-232.
Lamont, Melissa. "Managing Geospatial Data and Services" (in special issue on Geographic Information Systems (GISs) Revisited: A Symposium), Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 No. 6 (November 1997): 469-473.
Lee, Jay. "Geographical Information Systems: An Introduction," Art Reference Services Quarterly 1 No. 3 (1993): 69-79.
Leonhardt, T.W. (ed.). "Making GIS a Part of Library Service," Information Technology and Libraries (Special Issue), 14 No. 2 (1995): 77-122.
Longstreth, Karl. "GIS Collection Development, Staffing, and Training," Journal of Academic Librarianship 21 No. 4 (July 1995): 267-274.
Lutz, Marilyn. "Introduction: Making GIS a Part of Library Service," Information Technology and Libraries 14 No. 2 (June 1995): 77-78.
Packard, Victoria Lynn. "Create Your Own World: What's Available With GIS," C&RL News,(March 1999): 165-169.
Stephens, Denise. "Managing the Web-Enhanced Geographic Information Service" (in special issue on Geographic Information Systems (GISs) Revisited: A Symposium), Journal of Academic Librarianship 23 No. 6 (November 1997): 498-504.
Stone, Jennifer. Geographic Information Systems. Online 22 No. 3 (May/June 1998): 65-8+.
___________. "Stocking Your GIS Data Library." Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, #21, (Winter 1999).
Business Uses of GIS:
Baker, Sunny. "Divide and Conquer," The Journal of Business Strategy20 No. 5 (Sept./Oct. 1999): 16-20.
Brody, Roberta. "Geographic Information Systems: Business Applications and Data." Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship 5 no. 1 (1999): 3-18.
ESRI website -- industry section
Fung, Devlin, and Susan Wilkes. "A GIS Approach To Casino Market Modeling," Journal of Applied Business Research 14 No. 4 (Fall 1998): 77-89.
"GIS Applications Grow Through Partnership," American City & County 113 No. 11 (October 1998): 41.
Hickman, Chris. "Revolutionizing the business through GIS," Transmission & Distribution World 51 No. 11 (September 1999): 82-88.
Joerger, Albert. "Applying geographic information systems," Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly 40 No.4 (August 1999): 48-60.
Johnson M.L. "GIS in business: issues to consider in curriculum decision-making," Journal of Geography 95 no.3 (1996): 98-105.
Laird, Kenneth R. "Integrating GIS into Business Schools- Opportunity and Challenge," Business Geographics 3 (1995): 24.
Reed, David. "Field force," Marketing Week 22 No. 34 (September 23, 1999): 55-58.
Thomas M. "Implementing GIS across a business," Proceedings - ICE: Civil Engineering 114, Spec Iss. 2 (1996): 12-18.
Zaddack, Gerald N. "Real Estate Applications for GIS: A Review of Existing Conditions & Future Opportunities." Real Estate Issues 23 No. 4 (Winter 1998/1999): 13-20.PERIODICAL TITLES TO BROWSE
Cartography and Geographic Information Science
Published by the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping. Quarterly, $45 per year for ACSM members, $90 for non-members in the U.S., $100 for non-members outside the U.S. ISSN: 1523-0406
An official journal of the ASCM, devoted to the advancement of cartography in all its aspects.
Published by Adams Media. Monthly, $72 per year in U.S., $108 outside of U.S.
ISSN: 0897-5507. See: http://www.geoplace.gov
International Journal of Geographical Information Science
Published by Taylor and Francis. Quarterly, $695 per year.ISSN: 1365-8816.
Business Uses of GIS:
Business Geographics: Geographic Information in Business
Published by Adams Business Media, $49 per year. 10 issues/year. ISSN: 1067-456x.
A trade magazine devoted to business use of spatial data and GIS technology. Also publish the Business Geographics Buyers' Guide (annual).
Mail: Adams Business Media, 2101 S. Arlington Heights Road Suite 150
Arlington Heights, IL 60005 USA
Bibliography compiled and maintained by Cathy Moulder,
Lloyd Reeds Map Collection,
McMaster University Library, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
AGI GIS Dictionary
"This on-line dictionary of GIS terms is brought to you by the Association for Geographic Information and the University Of Edinburgh Department of Geography. The dictionary includes definitions for 980 terms compiled from a variety of sources which either relate directly to GIS or which GIS users may come across in the course of their work. The dictionary is also supplemented by 52 diagrams."
Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in GIS, Cartography, and Remore Sensing
By Philip Hoehn and Mary Lynette Larsgaard. Designed by John Creaser.
October 1999 Version
(U.S.) Census Department
Two useful mapping tools from the U.S. Census Department for viewing basic census information include:
- "American Factfinder": http://factfinder.census.gov/java_prod/dads.ui.homePage.HomePage
- TIGER - Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/index.html
"GeoComm International Corporation (GeoComm), is the leading owner and operator of business-to-business e-commerce websites supporting technical professionals. These online communities currently include the GeoCommunity™ for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), CAD, and Mapping industries, and the Wireless Developer Network™ for the emerging Wireless Web industry. These websites give application developers and other technical professionals a valuable online source for all resources in their respective vertical market. GeoComm is developing a synergistic portfolio of online communities to provide rich content, news, software and other tools to facilitate e-commerce between businesses in these industries."
see: geoCommunity (above)
Like TerraServer, a source of USGS topo maps on the Web.
National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
"The Geospatial Data Clearinghouse is a collection of over 100 spatial data servers, that have digital geographic data primarily for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), image processing systems, and other modelling software. These data collections can be searched through a single interface based on their descriptions, or 'metadata.'"
Business Uses of GIS:
ESRI Industry Page:
A commercial site that includes explanatory information of how geography matters to various industries and how ESRI GIS products might be of use to those in a particular industry.
Wayne County Combined General Health District : A recent listing of GIS tutorials
NCGIA Core Curriculum
GIS-L: to subscribe e-mail to LISTSERVER@GEOINT.COM with the following request: subscribe GIS-L
GIS-L DIGEST: to subscribe e-mail to LISTSERVER@GEOINT.COM with the following request: subscribe GIS-L DIGEST
MAPS-L: to subscribe e-mail to to listserv@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU with the following request: subscribe maps-l
GIS For Libraries (GIS4LIB): to subscribe e-mail to email@example.com with the following request: subscribe GIS4LIB
GISLIST (new list as of June 2000): to subscribe send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan State University
last modified 6/13/00
Geographic Information Systems and Business
Presentation, Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee, ALA Annual Conference, July 8, 2000
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