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《EARTH SCIENCE FRONTIERS》 2000-S2
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SOCIALIZATION OF GIS AND GIS FOR THE PUBLIC

LIU Yue feng 1, WU Lun 1, WANG Tie 2(1 Department of Urban and Environmental Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871,China;2 Wuhan Academy of Social Science,Wuhan 430000,China)  
Following the specialization and profession stages,GIS is developed towards the stage of socialization. At this stage,GIS is expected to provide information service for the public. Based on the analysis of the development of GIS, the authors put forward a new concept,i.e.,GIS for the Public which means “GIS ought to serve the public with information and to assist them to make decisions” GIS for the Public is characterized by its information service as compared with traditional GIS.The general characteristics,technologies and applications of GIS for the Public are stated concisely.Finally, a brief introduction of “Wuhan Now” public inquiring system developed by the authors and the development of GIS for the Pubic in future are given.
【Fund】: 国家“九五”重中之重科技攻关资助项目!“基础地理信息系统软件开发与商品化”(96 0 4115 84)
【CateGory Index】: P208
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