We need more than one “GIS”
|It was up to 1985 that everything used to be “packed” into Land
Information System (LIS). Then, more “comprehensive” Geographic Information System (GIS). Recently, another “GIS” (Geospatial Information System) is being introduced by some universities.
For reasons unknown, the “GIS/ Geographic” has quietly crossed its
rightful “domain”. It is now more than “geographic”. However, if we review closely, the “GEO” in geography seems to “engulf” all other “GEO” information systems, e.g., GUS/Geodetic, GIS/Geologic. Even “MIS” (Marine Information System” is hardly considered.
To rectify the overlap(s) and mix up of different types of information under “Geo”, the following “naming “ system is proposed:
• Geodetic Information System (GdIS)
• Geographic Information
• Geologic Information System (GlIS)
• Geophysical Information System (GpIS).
All the above systems will become “layers” of the “Earth Information
System (EIS). Under this “Umbrella”, more “specific” systems, e.g., Ocean Information System (OIS), Mineral Information System (MIS) would enter.
Your Coordinates, as suggestions, improvements, or agreement
would be greatly appreciated.