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Using Geographic Information Systems to Solve Community Problems

Using Geographic Information Systems to Solve Community Problems
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Author(s): Jane L. Garb (Baystate Medical Center, USA) and Richard B. Wait (Baystate Medical Center, USA)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 8
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, First Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch530

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Abstract

This article describes how the technology of geographic information systems (GIS) can be used as a tool to integrate various types of community-level data to address local problems. The purpose of the article is to present an approach that can be replicated by others. This approach is based on community-wide collaborative sharing of resources, data, and research applications with an aim to enhance the health and well-being of the local area population. Although the example used relates to health, the approach can be used to deal with any “event” or series of events in the community.

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