This third book in the GISDATA series focuses on the widespread use of geographical information systems GIS in European local government. The editors include a wide range of applications carried out by different professional groups, and offer the opportunity of studying the extent to which diffusion of innovations like GIS are sensitive to national issues such as cultural context, institutional setup and the availability of data.; The book answers key questions such as: what can be learnt from research on organizational behaviour in relation to technological innovation?; what are the classical features of the GIS diffusion process?; to what extent is the adoption and utilization of GIS facilitated - or impeded - by the organizational culture within which it takes place?; and what mechanisms can be applied to enhance the diffusion of GIS? The book covers aspects of diffusion in the following European countries: UK, France, Italy, Poland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece and Portugal.
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Preface -- Editors' Preface -- Contributors -- Notes on Contributors -- European Science Foundation -- 1 Introduction /Massimo Craglia and Ian Masser -- PART I Reflections on GIS diffusion research -- 2 Brave new GIS worlds /Michael Wegener and Ian Masser -- 3 Theoretical perspectives of the diffusion of GIS technologies /Heather Campbell -- PART II GIS in local government in five European countries surveyed using a similar methodology -- 4 Great Britain: the dynamics of GIS diffusion /Ian Masser and Heather Campbell -- 5 Germany: a federal approach to land information management /Hartwig Junius, Michael Tabeling and Michael Wegener -- 6 Italy: GIS and administrative decentralization /Luisa Ciancarella, Massimo Craglia, Enzo Ravaglia, Piero Secondini and Edi Valpreda -- 7 Portugal: GIS diffusion and the modernization of local government /Antonio M. Arnaud, Lia T. Vasconcelos and Joao D. Geirinhas -- 8 Denmark: Local autonomy, register based information systems and GIS /Hans Kiib -- PART III GIS in local government in four other European countries -- 9 Greece: the development of a GIS community /Dimitris Assimakopoulos -- 10 France: a historical perspective on GIS diffusion /Philippe Miellet -- 11 Poland: methodological doubts and practical solutions /Malgorzata Bartnicka, Slawomir Bartnicki and Marek Kupiszewski -- 12 Netherlands: the diffusion of graphic information technology /Ad Graafland -- PART IV Evaluation -- 13 A comparative evaluation of GIS diffusion in local government in nine European countries /Ian Masser and Massimo Craglia Index.
Professor Ian Masser is Professor of Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield and is currently the co-director of the European Science Foundation’s GISDATA scientific programme. Dr Heather Campbell is a lecturer in the Department of Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. Dr Massimo Craglia lectures in Information Management and GIS in Planning in the Department of Town & Regional Planning of the University of Sheffield, and is the research co-ordinator of the European Science Foundation GISDATA programme.