The history and future of geographic information (GI) in the context of big data creates new avenues of concern over its organization, access and use. In this book the authors explore both the background and present challenges facing the preservation of GI, focusing on the roles of librarians, archivists, data scientists, and other information professionals in the creation of GI records for its organization, access, and use.
Wade Bishop is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bishop has an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. His research focus is on geographic information (GI) organization, access and use, as well as the study of GI occupations, education, and training. He has other research expertise that includes physical access for users to U.S. public libraries (using Geographic information Systems (GIS)) and the evaluation of many other services and resources in academic and public libraries. He has professional experience as an assistant professor, teacher, academic librarian, graduate research associate, teaching assistant, and instructor. In 2011, he received an IMLS grant titled Geographic Information Librarianship (GIL), with Tony Grubesic, to create and deliver coursework to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to locate, retrieve, analyze, and make geospatial data accessible.
Tony H. Grubesic is Professor of Policy Analytics at Arizona State University, where he is also Director of the Center for Spatial Reasoning & Policy Analytics. He has previously held academic appointments at Drexel University, Oregon State University, Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati. His research and teaching interests are in geographic information science, regional development and public policy evaluation. Author of over 120 research publications, his recent work focuses on spatial analytics and data uncertainty, neighborhood dynamics, telecommunications policy and air transportation systems. Grubesic obtained a B.A. in Political Science from Willamette University, a B.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a M.A. in Geography from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science from Ohio State University.