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Geospatial information needs of the general public: Text, maps, and users' tasks

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Title: Geospatial information needs of the general public: Text, maps, and users' tasks
Author(s): Gluck, Myke
Subject(s): Information needs User tasks Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Information seeking
Abstract: Geospatial data are pervasive and the methods of understanding how people resolve their spatial information needs have been diverse. This discussion reviews the role of spatial information in resolving information needs. We add to this knowledge base the results from a series of ongoing experiments. These experiments address how geospatial information is used and how it supports resolution of the information needs of the general public. Five exploratory experiments are briefly reported revealing significant relations among format, task, and situation in geographic contexts. Based upon these preliminary outcomes, an extended role for libraries to add value to their services and products for geospatial information is proposed. Also, suggestions are made for future directions for research in this critical domain of geospatial information seeking.
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Gluck, M. (1996) Geospatial information needs of the general public: Text, maps, and users' tasks. In L.C.Smith and M.Gluck (eds) Geographic information systems and libraries: patrons, maps, and spatial information : [papers presented at the 1995 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1995]: 151-172.
Series/Report: Geographic information systems and libraries: patrons, maps, and spatial information [papers presented at the 1995 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 10-12, 1995]
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/408
ISBN: 0878450971
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-20
 

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