Synopses & Reviews
Most of the current publications on geographic information systems (GIS) focus on its mechanics, technology, and project-specific applications. This much-needed book, however, introduces the reader to GIS implementation from a management and organizational perspective. GIS is becoming increasingly popular and is evolving from a mapping tool used for support functions to a technology capable of redesigning land administration. In other sectors, information technology has had a dramatic effect on operations. This book examines those cases, and applies them to GIS paradigm, stressing that GIS technology itself does not cause improvements in operational efficiency and effectiveness, but enables changes that can facilitate these improvements. The bulk of the book guides the reader through the necessary frameworks and techniques needed to plan, design, and implement GIS as a technological infrastructure within an organization. Managing Geographic Information System Projects, is suitable for both students and professionals who want to know how to successfully implement GIS technology in organizations.
About the Author
William E. Huxhold is Chairman and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. From 1975 to 1990 he was Management Information System project manager for the city of Milwaukee, where he implemented one of the first urban geographic systems in North America. He received a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton in 1973. Mr. Huxhold also wrote An Introduction to Urban Geographic Systems
, published by Oxford University Press in 1973. Allan G. Levinsohn is an information technology consultant with more than 15 years of experience managing geographic information. He is an Associate of the Banff Centre for Management, and an advisor to government agencies and companies across Canada. He has also worked in Kenya, China, Japan, Holland, and the U.S. His clients include regional and national government agencies, municpalities, and resource, utility, engineering, and technology companies. Mr. Levinsohn is well-known for his innovative approaches to GIS planning and design.
Table of Contents
1. The GIS Paradigm
2. Fundamentals of GIS Management
3. Strategic Planning for GIS
4. Implementation Planning
5. Systems Design Methodology
6. Implementation Management
7. Managing the System
Appendix: Additional Case Studies and Examples.