Interoperating Geographic Information Systems

  • Michael Goodchild
  • Max Egenhofer
  • Robin Fegeas
  • Cliff Kottman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Theory and Concepts

  3. Modeling in Distributed Environments

    1. Michael F. Goodchild
      Pages 133-134
    2. Pereira Pedro Gonçalves, Nelson Neves, João Pedro Silva, Joaquim Muchaxo, António Câmara
      Pages 135-147
    3. David A. Bennett, Greg A. Wade, Raja Sengupta
      Pages 149-163
    4. Agnès Voisard, Marcus Jürgens
      Pages 165-179
  4. Systems and Experiences

    1. Clifford A. Kottman
      Pages 215-219
    2. Gennady L. Andrienko, Natalia V. Andrienko
      Pages 221-234

About this book


Geographic information systems have developed rapidly in the past decade, and are now a major class of software, with applications that include infrastructure maintenance, resource management, agriculture, Earth science, and planning. But a lack of standards has led to a general inability for one GIS to interoperate with another. It is difficult for one GIS to share data with another, or for people trained on one system to adapt easily to the commands and user interface of another. Failure to interoperate is a problem at many levels, ranging from the purely technical to the semantic and the institutional.
Interoperating Geographic Information Systems is about efforts to improve the ability of GISs to interoperate, and has been assembled through a collaboration between academic researchers and the software vendor community under the auspices of the US National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and the Open GIS Consortium Inc. It includes chapters on the basic principles and the various conceptual frameworks that the research community has developed to think about the problem. Other chapters review a wide range of applications and the experiences of the authors in trying to achieve interoperability at a practical level. Interoperability opens enormous potential for new ways of using GIS and new mechanisms for exchanging data, and these are covered in chapters on information marketplaces, with special reference to geographic information. Institutional arrangements are also likely to be profoundly affected by the trend towards interoperable systems, and nowhere is the impact of interoperability more likely to cause fundamental change than in education, as educators address the needs of a new generation of GIS users with access to a new generation of tools. The book concludes with a series of chapters on education and institutional change.
Interoperating Geographic Information Systems is suitable as a secondary text for graduate level courses in computer science, geography, spatial databases, and interoperability and as a reference for researchers and practitioners in industry, commerce and government.


GIS Geoinformationssysteme database geographic data geospatial information information theory spatial data infrastructure

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Goodchild
    • 1
  • Max Egenhofer
    • 2
  • Robin Fegeas
    • 3
  • Cliff Kottman
    • 4
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.University of MaineUSA
  3. 3.U. S. Geological SurveyUSA
  4. 4.Open GIS Consortium Inc.USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7363-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5189-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
  • About this book