The Current Status of GI Approaches in Human Geography: a Review of Mainstream Journals

  • Tal Svoray Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Keywords: Giscience, Gisystems, Human Geography, Geography Journals


The current status of GI approaches in human geography was surveyed in 19 mainstream geography journals. The survey reveals a notably low number of research articles referring to this field in these journals. The deficiency is emphasized in a comparison with the situation in journals of hydrology, soil and ecology and is quite remarkable considering the vast number of GI methodologies available in GI journals. On the other hand, a limited (6-year) multi-temporal analysis of the survey's results is more encouraging: in some of the mainstream geography journals the appearance of studies that include GI approaches in human geography increases gradually. This paper analyzes the actual status of GI approaches in human geography against its potential and provides explanations for the current disparity between them.


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