Diffusion of geographic information innovations

Harlan J. Onsrud, Jeffrey K. Pinto

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Appropriate diffusion of geographic information technologies is hampered by lack of systematic research on factors and processes affecting diffusion, utilization and impact assessment of the technologies and by a variety of conceptual and methodological problems. Diffusion of innovation principles developed in other fields, in combination with methods developed within the field of management information systems, provide an important beginning for improved understanding. This paper focuses on gaps in knowledge which might be addressed within the geographic information field by analysis techniques and research methodologies used in the diffusion of innovations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-467
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Geographical Information Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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