GIS and Human Geography. November 15, 2005. Announcements. eSeminar in GIS: Putting the e into GI Science (Mark Birkin, Leeds). Thursday, November 17, 17.00. room 3514 Georg Sverdups Hus. Oslo Project. Project description. Clearly state hypothesis or research focus
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The pursuit of social goals (eg land distribution) through GIS is a political process and cannot ignore this fact, no matter how much GIS may allow us to simulate possible alternative decision-making scenarios. Value-neutral GIS does not exist.
GIS empowers the powerful and disenfranchises the weak and not so powerful through the selective participation of groups and individuals.
The power of GIS should not be underestimated, but at the same time GIS should not be overpromoted or blindly attacked. GIS provides a tool to use on geographical information. What they are used for and how to make best use of them depends on the attitudes and mindsets of their users and what they want to do with them.
(Sheppard 1995, p. 5)