- Glossary AlpES Terms
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an information system, which is based on data referenced by geographic coordinates (Curran, 1984)1) . It is a system consisting of hardware, software, data, people, organizations and institutional arrangements for capturing, collecting, storing, manipulating, analyzing and disseminating information about areas of the earth (Dueker & Kjerne, 1989) 2). Analyses of geodata or spatio-temporal phenomena can be presented and visualized (Goodchild, 2009)3) .
A WebGIS provides access to a GIS requiring only a web browser. It is an Internet based Geographic Information System with reduced GIS functionality (Bartoschek, 2009) 4) . The best known example of a WebGIS is probably Google Maps.
One of the main outputs in the AlpES project is the AlpES WebGIS. This WebGIS makes the spatial project data results available to the public and especially to the stakeholders. It can be used as a planning tool concerning ecosystem services.
Why do we use a WebGIS in the AlpES project?
Since it is the easiest and cheapest way to publish spatial project results to a broad audience. The AlpES WebGIS makes the ecosystem services (ES) indicators accessible to the stakeholders. A large number of people can use it at the same time. There is no need of having proprietary GIS software (Painho et al., 2001) 5) , local storage capacity and professional knowledge. It only requires a webbrowser.
The AlpES WebGIS…
Users of the AlpES WebGIS can…