1st Edition

Geospatial Information System Use in Public Organizations
How and Why GIS Should be Used in the Public Sector

Edited By

Nicolas A. Valcik

ISBN 9781498767637
Published October 1, 2019 by Routledge
286 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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. Brian J. L. Berry Acknowledgments. About the Editor. About the Authors.
Section I: Introduction
1. Introduction. Nicolas A. Valcik

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. Daniel A. Griffith, Yongwan Chun, Marco Millones, Benoit Parmentier, and Stuart E. Hamilton 3. Evolving Trajectories in Public Sector Statewide Spatial Data Infrastructure: From Data Product to On-Demand Services and GIS Apps. Trevor M. Harris and H. Franklin LaFone 4. Using Geospatial Information Systems to Preposition Logistics in Preparation for Hazardous Materials Incidents for Disaster Response and Homeland Security Purposes. Nicolas A. Valcik and Warren S. Eller 5. Fire Disturbance and Implications for Ecosystem Services Distribution in Northern Amazonia. Anthony R. Cummings and Benjamin Kennady 6. Understanding Threats to Crowdsourced Geographic Data Quality Through a Study of OpenStreetMap Contributor Bans. Sterling Quinn and Floyd Bull

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. Nathan F. Alleman and L. Neal Holly 8. Protecting Surface Water Drinking Supplies in WV With Zones of Critical Concern. Michael P. Strager

Section IV: Practitioner Use of GIS in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
9. Uses of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for Public Higher Education Institutions. Nicolas A. Valcik and Daniel Servian 10. The Logistical Tracking System (LTS) Eighteen Years Later: What Did We Learn and What Could We Improve? Nicolas A. Valcik 11. Trends and Challenges for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Use by Nonprofits. Todd A. Jordan 12. West Virginia Trail Inventory. David Donaldson and Kurt Donaldson
13. One Government: The Enterprise Approach in a Silo Environment. Cy Smith 14. GIS Practices for Best-Run County Governments. Greg Babinski 15. Using GIS for Enrollment Management and Campus Management at a Public University. Rebecca Rose and Jonathon D. Henderson

Section V: Conclusion
16. Conclusion. Cheyanne Manning

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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.


“This book by Dr. Nick Valcik and his colleagues outlines how GIS information is being used every day to help the public sector to save money, be more effective, to allow citizens to get answers without having to speak to a public servant, and to facilitate community engagement. The authors have clearly demonstrated that GIS Systems help public sector entities to help themselves and the people they serve.”
Teodoro Benavides

“The edited book brings top researchers in the field of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) to discuss the importance and implications of this powerful tool, and its usage in the public and nonprofit sectors. The text fills a much-needed gap in public administration where GIS is not discussed regularly in classrooms, mainly due to the lack of expertise and availability of a good textbook. The topics in this text range from the usage of GIS in decision-making on issues of public health to hazard analysis, environment, public education, service delivery for nonprofits, and effective running of local governments. The interdisciplinary nature of this book makes it an excellent resource for scholars and practitioners of GIS, policymaking, urban planning, and public and nonprofit management.”
Meghna Sabharwal, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA