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Recommendations for implementation and evaluation of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can benfit from a broader theoretical foundation to support investigation, understanding and improvement. This paper discusses Actor-Network Theory (ANT) as a framework to delineate and evaluate the social and technical interactions involved in GIS implement...
Geog 520 Dr. Tim Nyerges Towards a struc tural framework for visualizing in other cultures. A great many barriers exist to successful and effective implementation of GIS in non western cultures and societies. The societal constraints inherent in the western origin of GIS (Wynne, 1980; Sheppard 1995) as well as translation barriers due to difference...
I’m developing the concept of GIS ecology as a cognitive tool. We might learn more about GIS if research was oriented towards the epistemic concept (Hannon 2019) of GIS practices and their environments. There’s two lines of inquiry here: the concept of GIS and the unit/environment relationships that sustain GIS practices. As an abstract entity, the concept of GIS is meaningful in the way it mediates “…between thought and language, on the one hand, and referents, on the other” (Margolis, 2019). In an ecological sense, this sort of thought is “…a kind of intellectual niche construction that appropriates and integrates material resources around one into preexisting cognitive structures” (Wilson, 2008). A way to study GIS might be case study accounts of the self-organization of the concept of GIS.