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Spatial Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems in Local Planning (1993- 1998)

In recent years the application of geographic information systems (GIS), i.e. of computer-based systems for the collection, processing and retrieval of spatial data, has rapidly grown in industry and public administrations. For this reason a research programme GISDATA (Geographic Information Systems Data Integration and Data Base Design) was established by the European Science Foundation (ESF). The first activity of GISDATA was to conduct a survey of the diffusion of geographic information systems in local governments in ESF member states. The Chair of Surveying and Land Policy and IRPUD were given the task to conduct the German part of the survey. For this purpose a questionnaire also used in other countries was, in cooperation with the German Association of Cities (Deutscher Städtetag), extended by questions taking account of the situation in Germany and sent to all German cities with a population of more than 100,000 in April 1994.
The survey showed that at that time already three quarters of all major cities applied components of geographic information systems or had the intention to apply them. Increasingly, integrated systems combining the functions of data capture, mapping and data analysis were used. Leaders in the application of GIS were surveying and statistics departments; spatial planning departments followed only in third place.

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wegener

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