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GIS and Enlightened Location-Based Tourism: An Innovation Whose Time Has Come

By John O’looney


This paper will describe the development of an ArcIMS application designed to allow local officials and volunteers to create multi-media databases for location-based "enlightened " tourism information. The application allows users to quickly enter location information based on street maps displayed in ArcIMS. The location point information entered is then linked to uploaded text, images, hyperlinks, and video. The application is designed to help communities build their own location-based data that can be fed to multiple location-aware devices as part of a mobile, electronic tourism effort. The overall program is designed to create layers of location-specific historical, cultural, scientific, and environmental information. Geographic information systems have always been about location, but most of the information in the world’s data repositories cannot be accessed via location-based searches. For some types of data and some purposes this is not a limitation. However, the very idea of tourism is a locationfocused concept. Throughout the ages, tourism has been supported by travel books and tour guides. Typically, such guides include maps that are marked so as to link descriptions of places with their location. For the average tourist these guides have certainly served their purpose

Year: 2009
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