Journal of Geographical Systems

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 37–42 | Cite as

The academic success of GIS in geography: Problems and prospects

  • Paul A. Longley


The success of GIS has in some ways proved to be a mixed blessing to academic geography. While quantitative geography has developed as a disciplinary specialism over a long period of time, the infusion of GIS has been more rapid and applications-led. Geography has been a consumer, not producer, of mainstream GIS software, and as such GIS may even contribute towards accelerated de-skilling of the discipline. The technology nevertheless provides a crucial means of dealing with the current proliferation of digital data, and has important implications for the future development of geography.

Key words: GIS, quantitative geography, spatial analysis 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Longley
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, University Road, Bristol BS8 1SS, United Kingdom, (e-mail:

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