Ubiquitous Geographic Information

  • Tschangho J. Kim
  • Sung-Gheel Jang
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


In this chapter, ubiquitous geographic information (UBGI), which is a relatively new set of concepts, practices, and standards, is introduced and described, and its possible ramifications are analyzed in detail. The chapter begins with the definition of UBGI – geographic information that exists anywhere and anytime. However, the chapter attempts to convince readers that the true goal of UBGI is to make the use of geographic information easy and transparent. The emergence of UBGI needs to be understood within a broader context of both paradigm changes in computing technologies (i.e., centralized, distributed, mobile, and ubiquitous computing) and the advancement of information and communication technologies (ICTs), which make UBGI services feasible. Thus, the chapter reviews how computing technologies have evolved, and introduces the technological breakthroughs of each computing technology, which overcome place and time constraints and enable the realization of UBGI services in everyday life. A few enabling ICTs are then described, and existing UBGI initiatives are introduced. Issues on the technical developments of UBGI services are addressed, and recent standardization efforts on UBGI are introduced. Lastly, the ramifications of UBGI for future lifestyles, particularly in future cities, are discussed.

The chapter is organized as follows: a brief review of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) evolution is introduced as a prelude to the emergence of UBGI. The evolution of computing technologies, from centralized to ubiquitous computing, is introduced as one of the UBGI enablers. Next, a few enabling information and communication technologies that make UBGI services feasible are briefly described, followed by existing UBGI initiatives. The future prospects of UBGI, in particular with respect to future cities, are introduced, before the summary and conclusion.


Global Position System Geographic Information System Global Navigation Satellite System Global Navigation Satellite System Ubiquitous Computing 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



automatic license plate recognition


application programming interface


Common Object Request Broker Architecture (OMG)


Distributed Component Object Model (Microsoft)


US Department of Defense


geographic information


Geographic Information System


Global Navigation Satellite System


Global Positioning System


information and communication technology


Interoperability Program


International Organization for Standardization


information technology


Intelligent Transportation System


intelligent vehicle highway system


location-based mobile services


location-based services


Open Geospatial Consortium


Personal Computer


personal digital assistant


Radio Frequency Identification


Remote Method Invocation


Remote Procedure Call


Technical Committee


Ubiquitous geographic information


working draft


working group


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban and Regional Planning, Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Urban StudiesCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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