Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Territorialising governance and the state: Policy dimensions of Geographic Information Systems

Territorialising governance and the state: Policy dimensions of Geographic Information Systems Information Infrastructure and Policy 6 (2000) 131–138 IOS Press Ignace Th.M. Snellen Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University, Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a database in which the entities are spatially indexed: their place in the relevant physical space, beit street, neighbourhood, district, province or state, is registered by postcode, cadastral coordinates, address or otherwise. Originally GIS programs were appreciated mainly because of their mapping facilities. They were mainly used as devices to visualize the geographic distribution of environmental entities and characteristics and of other geo-data. More recently they appear to be extremely useful as devices for societal monitoring and other policy functions. In this paper a general overview is presented of the possible uses of GISs, and their possible role in policy processes is indicated. It postulates that the general virtualizing and deterritorializing effects of ICTs are counteracted by the territorializing effects of GISs. By the development of GISs the “lifeworld” of the citizens is brought within reach of the policy-makers. Finally some shifts in GIS applications are indicated. 1. Introduction About 10 years ago I saw for the first time a Geographic Information System (GIS) demonstrated. During a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Infrastructure and Policy IOS Press

Territorialising governance and the state: Policy dimensions of Geographic Information Systems

Loading next page...
 
/lp/iospress/territorialising-governance-and-the-state-policy-dimensions-of-zydJ8stgXr
Publisher
IOS Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 by IOS Press, Inc
ISSN
1383-7605
eISSN
1875-8738
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Information Infrastructure and Policy 6 (2000) 131–138 IOS Press Ignace Th.M. Snellen Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University, Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a database in which the entities are spatially indexed: their place in the relevant physical space, beit street, neighbourhood, district, province or state, is registered by postcode, cadastral coordinates, address or otherwise. Originally GIS programs were appreciated mainly because of their mapping facilities. They were mainly used as devices to visualize the geographic distribution of environmental entities and characteristics and of other geo-data. More recently they appear to be extremely useful as devices for societal monitoring and other policy functions. In this paper a general overview is presented of the possible uses of GISs, and their possible role in policy processes is indicated. It postulates that the general virtualizing and deterritorializing effects of ICTs are counteracted by the territorializing effects of GISs. By the development of GISs the “lifeworld” of the citizens is brought within reach of the policy-makers. Finally some shifts in GIS applications are indicated. 1. Introduction About 10 years ago I saw for the first time a Geographic Information System (GIS) demonstrated. During a

Journal

Information Infrastructure and PolicyIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2000

There are no references for this article.