The field of Geomatics: Scientific, Technological, Business and Infrastructural Aspects

Based on dr.polit dissertation in human geography, University of Oslo (2003): Constructing Urban Technology – Producing Urban Space. The Case of Geomatics in the Transformation of Water and Road Infrastructures.

Summary
The purpose of this paper is to explore a set of technological innovations that influence on the ways we perceive and use space and place. A rapidly growing subset of telematics or information and communication technologies (ICTs) is referred to as geographic information technology (GIT). This is computer systems and other “technological means for the collection, storage, analysis, and representation of geo-coded data” (Curry 1998: xii). However, this technological field has more recently been referred to as geomatics. The definition of geomatics are still evolving - and a matter of discussion that I return to later - but a short and wide working definition might be the knowledge, practice and technological artifacts related to the management of geo-referenced information. 

In the following, I use the term the field of geomatics in a broad sense. It is a field constituted by social and institutional practices and relations including all actors, institutions, technologies and activities related to the use and production of geo¬matics in some sense. Moreover, such a field - whether local, national, regional or global in scale and scope - is embedded in and constituted by several technocultures. Thus, the complex character of the field of geomatics is strongly indicated. Geographic information and technology for gathering, analysing, exchanging, mapping and using this kind of information has been identified as a basic aspect of the complex processes of convergence between networked infrastructures.

Skrevet av Roar Samuelsen

Publikasjonsnr.
2008-1027
ISBN
0804-1873
Antall sider 29
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