Geodata in science - a review of selected scientific fields
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Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
AGH University of Krakow, Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow, Poland
Faculty of Construction, Cadastre and Architecture, University of Oradea, 410058 Oradea, Romania
Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture in Krakow, 29 Listopada 46, 31-425 Krakow, Poland
Department of Transport and Logistics, Gdynia Maritime University, Morska 81-87, 81-225 Gdynia, Poland
Faculty of Transport, Warsaw University of Technology, Koszykowa 75, 00-662 Warsaw, Poland
Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia
Submission date: 2023-04-21
Final revision date: 2023-05-30
Acceptance date: 2023-05-31
Publication date: 2023-07-20
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Kamil Maciuk   

AGH University of Science and Technology
Acta Sci. Pol. Formatio Circumiectus 2023;22(2):17–40
  • - complex literature review of the geodata
  • - multidisciplinary usage of the geodata
  • - combination of interdisciplinary research
Aim of the study:
Today, completely new forms of geo-information systems are becoming increasingly popular. New technological possibilities allow these systems to be adapted to the requirements and needs of societies. This paper is an extensive literature review of the use of geodata in various scientific fields, in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. However, as there is no universal agreement as to which disciplines are included in the STEM, the authors also included related fields such as geography or transport.

Material and methods:
Already a preliminary analysis of the Web of Science Core Collection database has shown that geodata is used very widely, in every scientific discipline analysed (with varying degrees of sophistication). The main objective of the paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the usage of geodata in five areas: bathymetric measurements, satellite geodata, aerial retrieved geodata, levelling networks, and GIS data.

Results and conclusions:
The results showed the increasing availability of data that can contribute to a better understanding and management of our planet. Geodata as a tool is overly broad and general, and it is used or might be used in every discipline of science.