Spatial decision support systems

a research agenda

P. J. Densham, Michael Goodchild

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Abstract

Definitions of geographic information systems often focus on the capture, storage, manipulation, analysis and display of spatial data - implying that geographic information systems implicitly are designed to support spatial decision-making. For many spatial problems, however, geographic information systems do not support decision-making effectively: analytical modelling capabilities are lacking and system designs are not flexible enough to accommodate variations in either the context or the process of spatial decision-making. One response to these needs is the development of spatial decision support systems. We draw a distinction between geographic information systems and spatial decision support systems in terms of system design, the types of problem to which each can be applied, and the decision-making processes supported. We classify the impediments to both the design and implementation of spatial decision support systems and outline a research agenda to address these problems. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-716
Number of pages10
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Spatial decision support systems : a research agenda. / Densham, P. J.; Goodchild, Michael.

In: Unknown Journal, 01.01.1989, p. 707-716.

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