Geographical Information Systems in Organizations


1 Know the evolution of Information Systems (IS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
2 Identify and recognize the importance of human factors in IS and GIS
3 Know the organizational and operative logic of organizations
4 Know and understand the role of IS and GIS in organizations
5 Know and use correctly strategic planning tools
6 Have the ability to structure a methodology for developing a GIS project for an organization
7 Recognize the importance of spatial data infrastructures

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Pedro de Sousa Pereira Monteiro Julião


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English




CAMPBELL H. and MASSER I., (1995), GIS in Organisations: How effective are GIS in practice? London:
Taylor and Francis
GRIMSHAW D.J., (1994), Bringing Geographical Information Systems into Business. London: Longman
LONGLEY, P. A., GOODCHILD, M. F., MAGUIRE, D., & RHIND, D. W. (2010). Geographic Information
Systems and Science (3 ed.). Chichester: John Wiley &Sons.
TOMLINSON, Roger (2005) Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers,
ESRI Press, Redlands
Material de referência da disciplina disponibilizado na plataforma / Reference material of classes available
through the platform

Teaching method

The curricular unit is based on reading materials and online classes through the e-learning platform

Evaluation method

Test (20%)
Practical work (80%)

Subject matter

Learning Units (LU):
LU1. From Technocentric to Socio-Technical Computing
1. Introduction
2. The technological imperative and the fetishism of the product
3. From "technology push" to "demand pull"
4. Computer scientists or information specialists?
5. Conclusion
LU2. Information Systems (IS) in Organisations
1. Introduction
2. The generic benefits of Information Systems
3. The roles of IS in organisations
4. Developing an Information Strategy
5. Tools for strategic thinking
6. Conclusion
LU3. GIS Development Methodologies
1. Introduction
2. What is an IS development methodology?
3. A composite GIS development methodology
4. Critique of the methodology
5. Alternative Methodologies
6. How to choose a methodology?
7. "Soft Systems" Approach
LU4. Organisations, People, GIS and Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI)
1. Introduction
2. Impact of Corporate Cultures on GIS Implementation
3. The impact of people on GIS projects
4. The impact of GIS on organisations
5. The Impact of GIS on people
6. SDI
7. Conclusion