Geographic web services and tools as instruments for territorial management
Herramientas y servicios web geográficos como instrumentos de gestión territorial
Keywords:Geospatial Information, GIS, Geo-referencing, Territorial Planning, Web Services, Geoportals, SDI, Geo-location, GPS
Currently, there are a large number of applications with Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities, supported by Web services and which contribute to geospatial information quality, prestige, and integrity. Likewise, a series of location-based services have been generated that have become a useful and indispensable instrument with great social content. All of these applications and services with GIS capabilities are increasingly present in the Web, looking to provide new services in real-time geographic information and becoming the central axis for public administrations that have the need to access, integrate, produce, and transmit sufficient geographic information as the main means when making decisions for successful management of their territories. With tools such as these, many public administrations are striving to offer a range of services through the so-called geoportals, thus, multiplying the possibilities of sharing, distributing, exchanging, and accessing geographically referenced information as a plausible instrument in processes of planning and management of their Territory.