Geospatial Information System Use in Public Organizations
How and Why GIS Should be Used in the Public Sector
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This book shows how Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) can be used for operations management in public institutions. It covers theory and practical applications, ranging from tracking public health trends to mapping transportation routes to charting the safest handling of hazardous materials. Along with an expert line-up of contributors and case studies, the editor provides a complete overview of how to use GIS as part of a successful, collaborative data analysis, and how to translate the information into cost-saving decisions, or even life-saving ones.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Acknowledgments. About the Editor. About the Authors. Section I: Introduction 1. Introduction. Section II: Academic and Theoretical Research GIS Topics 2. Hurricane Rita’s Impact on Vegetation: A Spatio-Temporal Statistical Approach to Characterizing Abrupt Change in, and Potential Disaster Management for, Target Areas. 3. Evolving Trajectories in Public Sector Statewide Spatial Data Infrastructure: From Data Product to On-Demand Services and GIS Apps. 4. Using Geospatial Information Systems to Preposition Logistics in Preparation for Hazardous Materials Incidents for Disaster Response and Homeland Security Purposes. 5. Fire Disturbance and Implications for Ecosystem Services Distribution in Northern Amazonia. 6. Understanding Threats to Crowdsourced Geographic Data Quality Through a Study of OpenStreetMap Contributor Bans. Section III: Applied Research Using GIS 7. More Than Meets the Eye: The Methodological and Epistemological Hazards of GIS Map Use in the Public Sphere. 8. Protecting Surface Water Drinking Supplies in WV With Zones of Critical Concern. Section IV: Practitioner Use of GIS in Public and Nonprofit Organizations 9. Uses of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for Public Higher Education Institutions. 10. The Logistical Tracking System (LTS) Eighteen Years Later: What Did We Learn and What Could We Improve? 11. Trends and Challenges for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Use by Nonprofits. 12. West Virginia Trail Inventory. 13. One Government: The Enterprise Approach in a Silo Environment. 14. GIS Practices for Best-Run County Governments. 15. Using GIS for Enrollment Management and Campus Management at a Public University. Section V: Conclusion 16. Conclusion. Index.
Nicolas A. Valcik currently works as the Director of Institutional Research and Business Intelligence at the University of Texas at Permian Basin. Previously, Nicolas worked as the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness at Central Washington University, the Director for Institutional Research for West Virginia University, and as Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis for the University of Texas at Dallas. In addition, Nicolas held an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor for Public Affairs for the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to 1997, Nicolas worked for a number of municipalities, across different departments, as well as for Nortel. Nicolas received a doctorate in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005, a master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1996, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994, and an associate’s degree in political science from Collin County Community College in 1994.