Geographic information, maps, and GIS

Wade Bishop, Anthony Grubesic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


The purpose of this chapter is to provide readers with an overview of the core components of geographic information (GI), a review of map functions, and an abbreviated history of geographic information systems (GIS). The origins of the map, map functions, and a discussion of place and space will provide a foundational understanding of important concepts for information professionals working with GI. This includes providing readers with a basic awareness of how maps serve as repositories for GI and its communication. Finally, a brief timeline of modern GIS is detailed, providing readers with a basic perspective on the emergence of these important tools and their role in shaping geographic information production and consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Geography
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Geography
ISSN (Print)2194-315X
ISSN (Electronic)2194-3168


  • Geographic information system
  • Geographic information system
  • Geographic information system package
  • Global position system
  • National spatial data infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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