GEOValue: The Socioeconomic Value of Geospatial Information

Jamie B. Kruse, Joep Crompvoets, Francoise Pearlman

November 10, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 332 Pages - 13 Color & 31 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498774512 - CAT# K29620


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  • Provides a comprehensive approach to the production of geospatial information with a focus on why we should produce it and the forms that will make the information most useful to society.
  • Explores the technical aspects of data acquisition and management
  • Covers a range of application areas.
  • Examines the use and value of geospatial information in a set of case studies.
  • Describes how valuation of geospatial information will evolve as a performance metric.


Quantifying the social and economic value that geospatial information contributes to modern society is a complex task. To construct reliable and consistent valuation measures requires an understanding of the sequence of processes that starts with data acquisition, and leads to decision-makers’ choices that impact society. GEOValue explores each step in this complex value chain from the viewpoint of domain experts spanning disciplines that range from the technical side of data acquisition and management to the social sciences that provide the framework to assess the benefit to society. The book is intended to provide foundational understanding of the techniques and complexities of each step in the process. As such it is intended to be assessable to a reader without prior training in data acquisition systems, information systems, or valuation methods.

In addition, a number of case studies are provided that demonstrate the use of geospatial information as a critical input for evaluation of policy pertaining to a wide range of application areas, such as agricultural and environmental policy, natural catastrophes, e-government and transportation systems.


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