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GIS for Business and Service Planning Paperback – February 12, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0470235102 ISBN-10: 0470235101

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (February 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470235101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470235102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,642,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Renowned contributors assess the links between technological change, analytical information and data customization which are now beginning to stimulate the wider adoption of GIS as a management and applied research tool. The first section deals with population data sources, followed by geodemographics and how it is used in customer targeting and product marketing. The next part considers how businesses can adopt GIS and the final segment contains two excellent overviews on how geography is being applied in business. A wealth of illustrations, containing new material from actual commercial and planning applications, enables readers to distinguish between abstract GIS principles and authentic usages.

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GIS for Business and Service Planning Edited by Paul Longley, Graham Clarke
The field of geographical information systems (GIS) is developing rapidly, finding applications in an ever-widening range of commercial contexts. This volume examines the practical use of GIS for business and service planning. It considers ways in which GIS may be customised to meet specific user requirements and tackle the applied research challenges of the late 1990s. GIS for Business and Service Planning:
  • introduces the management, analysis and modelling of information within GIS and considers some of the basic problems and pitfalls that can occur in practice
  • covers the major topics of geodemographics and how geographical information can be manipulated and merged into business application databases
  • discusses the relative merits of customised versus proprietary solutions to business application databases
  • examines the range of consultancy applications of GIS for business using international case studies, assessing how recent applications have benefited from research developments
  • critically assesses GIS in the market place and evaluates different GIS strategies
GIS for Business and Service Planning is essential reading for GIS professionals, marketeers, GIS students and management scientists. The other contributors: Peter Batey (University of Liverpool), Mark Birkin (GMAP), Peter Brown (University of Liverpool), Martin Clarke (GMAP), Paul Cresswell (SPA Marketing Systems), David Maguire (ESRI US), David Martin (University of Southampton), Ian Masser (University of Sheffield), Stan Openshaw (University of Leeds), Nora Sherwood (GIS World) and Robin Waters (GeoInformation International).

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As an industry, GIS often seems to be in search of a niche. While most people can easily be convinced that at least some components of GIS would be helpful in their business, only a small number actually use it effectively. Clearly, a large part of the problem is lack of knowledge concerning how to implement it. This book is a good place to start on the journey to profitable use of what is a set of very effective tools.

Designed to appeal to those at the management level, technical jargon is kept to a minimum. Although specific cases are mentioned, the emphasis is on an explanation of strategy rather than implementation details. One very good aspect is the lack of hype. While there are well-known cases of substantial benefits being reaped when a GIS tool was used, most of those mentioned here concern improvements that are a single digit percentage. The limitations of GIS are also readily acknowledged. Some of the inherent inaccuracies in the collection and processing of data, such as the census, are explained in detail. This includes the deliberate ones introduced as a response to legally mandated privacy concerns.

Contributor Stan Openshaw makes points in chapter seven that are of fundamental interest to geographers and GIS professionals. The following two quotes

"Geographers have been particularly slow to appreciate the commercial relevance and monetary value of many basic geographical analysis and modeling skills."

"Seemingly few geographers know much or anything about the needs of marketers and they are thus unable to be of much assistance even if they wished to be."

point out a fundamental rule of knowledge transfer, namely that new business expertise is more often pushed out than pulled in.
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By fr.costa on October 19, 2010
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It's a very good book with many interesting information about geomarketing.
However, it's version its not recent... It would be interesting having some examples aplied to recent times.

However it still very interesting to buy.
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