Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology

First Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography-Geology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1998, Clifford J. Todd

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