GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM A WAY TO NEW JOURNEY

wxPython-based GRASS GIS GUI

wxPython-based GRASS GIS GUI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Logo graphic for the Quantum GIS free...

English: Logo graphic for the Quantum GIS free software Geographic information system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Story….. is the portal through which a person enters the world and by which their experience of the world and by which their experience of the world is interpreted and made personally meaningful.
-Connelly and clandinin 2006,

A s geographic information system (GIS) ARE UNDERSTOOD by many as a largely a tool for storage and analysis of quantitive data, their use in qualitative or mixed method research has been limited to date. Attempts in recent years to redress this particular understanding of GIS, HOWEVER ,HAVE opened up possibilities for engaging GIS in qualitative geography (e.g., MUGERAUER 2000;SHEPEPPARD 2001; kwan2002a,2002b;2007a,2007b;Bell and Reed2004;Kwan and Knigge 2006; Pavlovskaya 2006). Sheppard (2001), for instance, argues that GIS practice is not necessarily quantitative because GIS can incorporate qualitative materials (e.g., photos, videos, and narratives). kwan2002a,2002b;2007a,2007b; conceives alternative GIS practice for interpreting and understanding peoples lived experiences rather than for conducting quantitative spatial analysis. She asserts the understanding GIS largely as a quantitive method forecloses many opportunities to productively engaged GIS in qualitative research .Pavlovskaya (2006) argues that GIS is not qualitative as many geographers assume and suggests that there are ‘openings’ in GIS that enables their use in qualitative research. With this arguments supporting the integration and the use of GIS in qualitative geography, many geographers have started conceive the role of GIS in their research differently in recent years (e.g., Pavlovskaya 2002, 2004, KINigge and Cope 2006; Pain et al. 2006; Kwan 2007a,2008; Brown and Knopp 2008).they have engaged with GIS in wide variety of exploratory studies or experimentation, and the relationship between GIS and qualitative research is undergoing important changesgis1

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