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Ethical Implications of Technical Limitations in Geographic Information Systems

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Title: Ethical Implications of Technical Limitations in Geographic Information Systems
Author(s): Graeff, Christine; Loui, Michael C.
Subject(s): cartography ethics geographic information systems
Abstract: A geographic information system (GIS) allows a user to combine digitized data sets from multiple sources to produce a customized map. Like traditional paper maps, GIS maps should be accurate. Unlike traditional maps, however, technical limitations raise new ethical issues for geographic information systems. These technical limitations include unavoidable inaccuracies introduced by the digitization of continuous data, the projection of three-dimensional data onto a two-dimensional plane, and incompatibilities of data sets stored in different formats. Consistency checks and technical standards may mitigate the harmful consequences of these technical limitations.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: IEEE
Citation Info: C. Graeff and M. C. Loui, "Ethical implications of technical limitations in geographic information systems," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 27-36, Winter 2008.
Genre: Article
Type: TextImage
DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2008.930566
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Grant IIS-0832843
Rights Information: (c) 2008 IEEE
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-06-16

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