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Representations of Space and Time

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This book examines how geospatial knowledge can be analyzed and represented in a manner that not only is accurate and coherent, but also makes intuitive sense to the end user. Integrating concepts and approaches from geography, computer science, cognitive psychology, and philosophy, the author explores the processes by which people acquire, represent, and utilize spatiotemporal knowledge.

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A textbook for an advanced course on models of geographic space, especially cognitive models and data models for Geographical Information Systems. It concerns the representation of geographical space and the dynamics that occur within that space, first from a theoretical perspective, then a computer one.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Recent advances in information technology have enabled scientists to generate unprecedented amounts of earth-related data, with tremendous potential for dealing with pressing social, economic, and environmental issues. Yet the volume and heterogeneity of available data clearly overwhelm traditional analytical approaches, as well as the human capacity to derive patterns and useful insights. This book examines how geospatial knowledge can be analyzed and represented in a manner that not only is accurate and coherent, but also makes intuitive sense to the end user. Integrating concepts and approaches from geography, computer science, cognitive psychology, and philosophy, Donna J. Peuquet explores the processes by which people acquire, represent, and utilize spatiotemporal knowledge. Arguing that the human user and the computer must be viewed as interrelated components of a single system, she provides principles and recommendations for improving the design of geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial modeling tools. An ideal student text or professional reference, this book fills a crucial need in geographic information science.

Table of Contents

PART I: THEORIES OF WORLD KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION

1. Introduction

2. Representation versus Reality

3. Acquiring World Knowledge: The Overall Process

4. Storing World Knowledge: Some Elements of Conceptual Structure

5. Acquiring World Knowledge through Direct Experience

6. From Observation to Understanding

7. Acquiring Geographic Knowledge through Indirect Experience

8. How Spatial Knowledge Is Encoded

PART II: THE COMPUTER AS A TOOL FOR STORING AND ACQUIRING SPATIAL KNOWLEDGE

Introduction to Part II: New Tools, New Opportunities

9. The Computer as Medium

10. Storing Geographic Data

11. A New Perspective for Geographic Database Representation

12. Interacting with Databases

13. Issues for Implementing Advanced Geographic Databases

14. Epilogue: Moving Forward

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572307735
Author:
Peuquet, Donna J.
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Author:
Peuquet, Donna J.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Information storage and retrieval systems
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Geographical perception
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Geography-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
107-328
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Engineering » Civil Engineering » Cartography
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography
Metaphysics » Astrology » Astrophysics

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Recent advances in information technology have enabled scientists to generate unprecedented amounts of earth-related data, with tremendous potential for dealing with pressing social, economic, and environmental issues. Yet the volume and heterogeneity of available data clearly overwhelm traditional analytical approaches, as well as the human capacity to derive patterns and useful insights. This book examines how geospatial knowledge can be analyzed and represented in a manner that not only is accurate and coherent, but also makes intuitive sense to the end user. Integrating concepts and approaches from geography, computer science, cognitive psychology, and philosophy, Donna J. Peuquet explores the processes by which people acquire, represent, and utilize spatiotemporal knowledge. Arguing that the human user and the computer must be viewed as interrelated components of a single system, she provides principles and recommendations for improving the design of geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial modeling tools. An ideal student text or professional reference, this book fills a crucial need in geographic information science.

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