Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Geology
Dr. Michael P. Peterson
A GIS (geographic information system) is an excellent tool for spatial data analysis and associated database functions. However, a GIS has long been viewed as being practiced “behind closed doors” and only by those with extensive training. Currently, there are a number of ways to work with GIS data, but very few ways to present the data to large groups of people. Providing information from a GIS to people outside of a group or organization is difficult but essential. For example, urban or regional areas can promote economic development by making this information available to investors or prospective residents from outside the local area. At present, city governments have a wealth of publicly available geographic data, but no easy way to provide it to those who want access. A possible solution to the lack of accessibility to GIS analysis functions can be found in the merging of the Internet and GIS. The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the present use of the Internet for this purpose and to design and evaluate a prototype Internet-based GIS that would provide specific geographic information to promote economic growth of an urban area.
Todd, Clifford J., "Promoting economic development of an urban area using a web-based GIS" (1998). Student Work. 1246.
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