Geospatial Information System Use in Public Organizations: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Geospatial Information System Use in Public Organizations

1st Edition

Edited by Nicolas Valcik, Denis Dean


344 pages | 76 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781498767637
pub: 2019-09-04
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This book shows how Global 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 editors provide 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.


This book by Dr. Nick Valcik and his colleagues outlines how GIS information is being 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 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

Table of Contents

Introduction and General GIS Usage in the Public Sector. Introduction. Uses for Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for Public Higher Education Institutions. GIS Usage for Homeland Security and Disaster Response. Using Geospatial Information Systems to Track Hazardous Materials for Homeland Security Purposes. Using GIS for Research in Public Health. Longitudinal Public Health Study. Practitioners Use of GIS in Public Organizations. The Logistical Tracking System (LTS) Fifteen Years Later: What Did We Learn and What Could We Improve? Service Delivery for United Way. Adventure West Virginia. Conclusion.

About the Editors

Nicolas A. Valcik currently works as the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness at Central Washington University. Previously Nicolas worked as 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 of departments, as well as for Nortel. Nicolas received a doctorate degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005, a master’s degree 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Public Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems