Exploring Geographical Information Systems

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Uses case studies to examine the various applications of each type of geographic information.
∗ Considers geographic information as a technical problem, an empowering application, a pure science endeavor, an academic pursuit and a social necessity.
∗ Provides a wide range of examples and applications to help readers understand technical discussions.

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"...a truly excellent distillation of the comprehensive nature of geographic information handling in computerized systems." (Society of Cartographers Bulletin, Vol.35, No.2)

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the organized activity by which people:

  • measure aspects of geographic phenomena and processes
  • represent these measurements, usually in the form of a computer database, to emphasize spatial themes, entities, and relationships
  • operate upon these representations to produce more measurements, and to discover new relationships by integrating disparate sources; and
  • transform these representations to conform to other frameworks of entities and relationships.

These activities reflect the larger context, such as institutions and cultures, in which these people carry out their work. In turn, the GIS may influence these structures.

This text provides the comprehensive coverage you will need to master this powerful new technology.

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