Geographic Information Science as a Common Cause for Interdisciplinary Research

  • Thomas Blaschke
  • Josef Strobl
  • Lothar Schrott
  • Robert Marschallinger
  • Franz Neubauer
  • Andreas Koch
  • Euro Beinat
  • Thomas Heistracher
  • Siegfried Reich
  • Michael Leitner
  • Karl Donert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Geographic Information Science (GIScience) seeks to understand the nature of geographic phenomena and geo-spatial information. It provides theoretical foundations for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the rationale for research and development in GIS and their applications. In this article, we analyse the role of GIScience as a common denominator among and between various disciplines, acting as a facilitator for interdisciplinary research. Starting from the development of a coordinated and structured doctoral programme,ten senior university faculty members from different disciplines examine the commonalities of spatial (Because of limited space we focus in this paper on the spatial domain and will only briefly reflect the spatio-temporal complexity) concepts in their respective fields in three interdisciplinary research clusters. Since the educational rationale was published recently, we focus on the role of GIScience in building an interdisciplinary and inter-departmental research alliance and conclude that the university-wide visibility has increased and opens new changes for another ‘spatial turn’.


GIScience GIS Interdisciplinary research PhD education Doctoral programme GIScience research agenda 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Blaschke
    • 1
  • Josef Strobl
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lothar Schrott
    • 1
  • Robert Marschallinger
    • 1
    • 2
  • Franz Neubauer
    • 1
  • Andreas Koch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Euro Beinat
    • 1
  • Thomas Heistracher
    • 3
  • Siegfried Reich
    • 1
    • 4
  • Michael Leitner
    • 1
    • 5
  • Karl Donert
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Geographic Information ScienceSalzburgAustria
  3. 3.Salzburg University of Applied SciencePuchAustria
  4. 4.Salzburg Research FGSalzburgAustria
  5. 5.Department of Geography and AnthropologyLouisiana State UniversityBatonrougeUSA

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