The GPS Revolution in Spatial Research

  • Noam Shoval Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Shoval introduces us to the world of GPS tracking and presents two cases in which he used GPS-obtained data for his research on the outdoor mobility of elderly people with cognitive disorders and research on the user-density of an Israeli heritage site.

The first case relates to the sophistication of a location kit that is used to collect data for research focusing on the outdoor mobility of elderly people with cognitive disorders. This kit enables the researchers to measure not just the time-space activity of the research subjects, but also the level of their participation in the study.

The second case relates to the ability to ‘pixel’ environments using the high-resolution nature of the GPS-obtained data.


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Author Biography

Noam Shoval, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Noam Shoval works as a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Geography.
How to Cite
SHOVAL, Noam. The GPS Revolution in Spatial Research. Research in Urbanism Series, [S.l.], v. 1, p. 15-21, sep. 2008. ISSN 1879-8217. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 may 2019. doi:


GPS tracking; Mobility; elderly people; Israel