Observatories, Laboratories and Experiments in Geographical Information Science

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Abstract

Geographical information science (GIScience) has, as a young and interdisciplinary field in information science, demands different than the one’s in other disciplines. Other fields have observatories and laboratories to solve their specific problems, but GIScience has not. The concept of observatories cannot be transferred to GIScience without further odifications. We discuss the function of observatories, laboratories and experiments in scientific evolution and their implications on scientific evolution to conclude, based on the specific demands, how laboratories in GIScience may look like. We propose, amongst others, data journals and second-order laboratories. The proposed view of a laboratory may lead to stronger collaborations within GIScience, a much faster evolving field of science, as well as formal laws and theories in the long term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd Workshop on Geographic Information Observatories 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 23 Sep 201523 Sep 2015

Workshop

Workshop2nd Workshop on Geographic Information Observatories 2015
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period23/09/1523/09/15

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