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Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems

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9780139238895

ISBN10:
0139238891
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Pub. Date:
1/1/1999
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

Appropriate for introductory level courses in Geographic Information Systems. Designed to make the complexity of this rapidly growing high-tech field accessible to beginning students, this text provides a basic, non-technical and student friendly introduction to GIS. The book clearly links theory and practice, and helps link the material to the real world by providing interviews with practicing GIS professionals. It features clear, simple explanations, an abundance of illustrations and photos, extensive chapter-end study aids, and generic laboratory assignments for use with any GIS software.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 What Is a GIS?
1(33)
1.1 Getting Started
1(1)
1.2 Some Definitions of GIS
2(5)
1.3 A Brief History of GIS
7(3)
1.4 Sources of Information on GIS
10(7)
1.5 Study Guide
17(3)
1.6 Laboratory Assignments
20(1)
1.7 References and Bibliography
21(6)
1.8 Key Terms and Definitions
27(5)
1.9 People in GIS: Nils Larsen
32(2)
2 GIS's Roots in Cartography
34(33)
2.1 Map and Attribute Information
34(2)
2.2 Map Scale and Projections
36(9)
2.3 Coordinate Systems
45(9)
2.4 Geographic Information
54(3)
2.5 Study Guide
57(3)
2.6 Laboratory Assignments
60(2)
2.7 References
62(1)
2.8 Key Terms and Definitions
62(5)
3 Maps as Numbers
67(39)
3.1 Representing Maps as Numbers
67(5)
3.2 Structuring Attributes
72(1)
3.3 Structuring Maps
73(6)
3.4 Why Topology Matters
79(2)
3.5 Formats for GIS Data
81(8)
3.6 Exchanging Data
89(3)
3.7 Study Guide
92(5)
3.8 Laboratory Assignments
97(1)
3.9 References
98(1)
3.10 Key Terms and Definitions
99(5)
3.11 People in GIS: Mark Bosworth
104(2)
4 Getting the Map into the Computer
106(32)
4.1 Analog-to-Digital Maps
106(1)
4.2 Finding Existing Map Data
107(5)
4.3 Digitizing and Scanning
112(8)
4.4 Field and Image Data
120(3)
4.5 Data Entry
123(3)
4.6 Editing and Validation
126(3)
4.7 Study Guide
129(2)
4.8 Laboratory Assignments
131(1)
4.9 References
132(1)
4.10 Key Terms and Definitions
133(3)
4.11 People in GIS: Susan Benjamin
136(2)
5 What Is Where?
138(19)
5.1 Basic Database Management
138(5)
5.2 Searches by Attribute
143(2)
5.3 Searches by Geography
145(4)
5.4 The Query Interface
149(2)
5.5 Study Guide
151(2)
5.6 Laboratory Assignments
153(1)
5.7 References
154(1)
5.8 Key Terms and Definitions
154(3)
6 Why Is It There?
157(32)
6.1 Describing Attributes
157(2)
6.2 Statistical Analysis
159(8)
6.3 Spatial Description
167(5)
6.4 Spatial Analysis
172(7)
6.5 Searching for Spatial Relationships
179(2)
6.6 GIS and Spatial Analysis
181(1)
6.7 Study Guide
182(3)
6.8 Laboratory Assignments
185(1)
6.9 References
186(1)
6.10 Key Terms and Definitions
186(3)
7 Making Maps with GIS
189(17)
7.1 The Parts of a Map
189(3)
7.2 Choosing a Map Type
192(4)
7.3 Designing the Map
196(3)
7.4 Study Guide
199(2)
7.5 Laboratory Assignments
201(1)
7.6 References
202(1)
7.7 Key Terms and Definitions
202(4)
8 How to Pick a GIS
206(34)
8.1 The Evolution of GIS Software
206(3)
8.2 GIS and Operating Systems
209(1)
8.3 GIS Software Capabilities
210(9)
8.4 GIS Software and Data Structures
219(1)
8.5 Choosing the Best GIS
220(9)
8.6 Study Guide
229(3)
8.7 Laboratory Assignments
232(1)
8.8 References
233(1)
8.9 Key Terms and Definitions
234(4)
8.10 People in GIS: Assaf Anyamba
238(2)
9 GIS in Action
240(25)
9.1 Introducing GIS in Action
240(1)
9.2 Case Study 1: GIS Fights the Gypsy Moth
241(4)
9.3 Case Study 2: GIS vs. Lyme Disease
245(5)
9.4 Case Study 3: GIS Helps Environmental Assessment in Brooklyn
250(5)
9.5 Case Study 4: The Channel Islands GIS
255(4)
9.6 Study Guide
259(3)
9.7 Laboratory Assignments
262(1)
9.8 References
262(1)
9.9 Key Terms and Definitions
263(2)
10 The Future of GIS
265(39)
10.1 Why Speculate?
265(1)
10.2 Future Data
266(8)
10.3 Future Hardware
274(4)
10.4 Future Software
278(8)
10.5 Some Future Issues and Problems
286(4)
10.6 Conclusion
290(3)
10.7 Study Guide
293(2)
10.8 Laboratory Assignments
295(1)
10.9 References
296(1)
10.10 Key Terms and Definitions
297(5)
10.11 People in GIS: Michael Goodchild
302(2)
Glossary 304(29)
Index 333


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