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Open-Source web-based geographical information system for health exposure assessment

Barry Evans12 and Clive E Sabel12*

Author Affiliations

1 Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ, UK

2 European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD, UK

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International Journal of Health Geographics 2012, 11:2  doi:10.1186/1476-072X-11-2

Published: 10 January 2012

Abstract

This paper presents the design and development of an open source web-based Geographical Information System allowing users to visualise, customise and interact with spatial data within their web browser. The developed application shows that by using solely Open Source software it was possible to develop a customisable web based GIS application that provides functions necessary to convey health and environmental data to experts and non-experts alike without the requirement of proprietary software.

Keywords:
Health and Environment spatial data; decision support system; GIS; Open source; web-based