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Centralized vs. Distributed Systems: Academic Library Models for GIS and Remote Sensing Activities on Campus

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Title: Centralized vs. Distributed Systems: Academic Library Models for GIS and Remote Sensing Activities on Campus
Author(s): Aufmuth, Joe
Subject(s): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Academic libraries. Remote Sensing
Abstract: Academic libraries are a prime example of an enterprise whose mission is to support the information needs of its institution. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) are popular topics for academic research and are used globally. Two major enterprise information service and data delivery models, centralized and distributed, describe how enterprises approach information sharing. Simply stated, centralized systems provide services and data through a single individual or departmental unit. Distributed systems rely on many interconnected individuals or units to supply services and data. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, which may lead to a hybrid model of combined elements or a movement away from one and toward the other. This article discusses centralized and distributed enterprise information service and data delivery models and how two Florida university libraries deploy these models to deliver enterprise GIS services and data to their institutions’ user communities.
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library Trends 55 (2) Fall 2006: 340–348.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3678
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2006 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-22
 

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