Formalizing Place in Geographic Information Systems [chapter]

Michael F. Goodchild
2010 Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health  
The past four decades have witnessed a rapid and accelerating growth in the use of computers to handle geographic information. As machines, computers require that inputs be formalized, following well-defined rules and using shared definitions of terms. This requirement has created a fundamental tension with the informal world of human discourse, and nowhere is this more apparent than over the vague concept of place. The chapter explores this tension from various perspectives: current methods of
more » ... current methods of geographic representation in digital form, inherent ambiguities, the case of the gazetteer, the role of volunteered geographic information, and place as an expression of context. Examples are used to illustrate the basic principles.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-7482-2_2 fatcat:tbhw3eg2qjfklojgl4nny7xl74