Reflections and speculations on the progress in Geographic Information Systems (GIS): a geographic perspective

2018/10/03

Journal:《International Journal of Geographical Information Science》, October 2018

Cite as: Guonian Lü, Michael Batty, Josef Strobl, Hui Lin, A-Xing Zhu & Min Chen(2018): Reflections and speculations on the progress in Geographic Information Systems (GIS):a geographic perspective, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, DOI:10.1080/13658816.2018.1533136

Abstract:Great strides have been made in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) research over the past half-century. However, this progress has created both opportunities and challenges. From a geographic perspective, certain challenges remain, including the modelling of geographic-featured environments with GIS data model, the enhancement of GIS’s analysis functions for comprehensive geographic analysis and achieving human-oriented geographic information presentation. Several basic theoretical and technical ideas that follow the workflow and processes of geographic information induction, geographic scenario modelling, geographic process analysis and geographic environment representation are proposed to fill the gaps between GIS and geography. We also call for designing methods for big geographic data-oriented analysis, making best use of videos and developing virtual geographic scenario-based GIS for further evolution.