Virtual Geographic Environments, edited by Hui Lin and Michael Batty, collects key papers that define the current momentum in GIS and “virtual geographies.” Contributions by leading members of the geospatial community to Virtual Geographic Environmentsillustrate the cutting edge of GIScience, as well as new applications of GIS with the processing and delivery of geographic information through the Web and handheld devices, forming two major directions to these developments. The four-part organization leads from a primer on VGEs to virtual cities and landscapes, interface design and public participation, and finally mobile and networked VGEs. Current topics, such as crowd sourcing and related services, point to the development of new business models that merge proprietary and nonproprietary systems.
Hui Lin is Professor and Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Additionally, he is the founding president of the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science and the chief editor of the journal, Annals of GIS.
Michael Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.