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A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary of Geographic Information Systemsby Tasha Wade and Shelly Sommer
Synopses & Reviews
An invaluable resource for anyone who uses or encounters GIS terminology in the classroom, on the job, or in the field, this dictionary contains more than 1,600 terms covering the entire lexicon of geographic information systems. Terms have been selected from GIS operations such as analysis, data management, and geocomputation; from rapidly evolving uses of GIS for modeling, GIScience, and Web-based GIS; and the GIS foundation fields of cartography, spatial statistics, computer science, surveying, geodesy, and remote sensing. Hundreds of subject-matter experts and GIS educators have reviewed the definitions, ensuring the authoritative coverage that is a necessity for managers, programmers, users, and students discovering the interdisciplinary nature of GIS.
Book News Annotation:
This dictionary meant for students and professionals consists of terms relating to geographic information systems (GIS) and their use in research, field studies, and practical applications. Approximately 1,800 terms--general, not software-specific--are included, as well as color illustrations, and articles by other contributors about annotation and labels, features, geometry, layers in ArcGIS software, map projections and coordinate systems, remote sensing, and topology. Terms that describe concepts, processes, and operations, and those from related fields such as cartography, computing, geodesy, geography, GPS, and remote sensing, are included. Definitions incorporate subject area classifications. Wade is a project manager at ESRI and Sommer is a research specialist at ESRI. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An invaluable resource for anyone who uses or encounters GIS terminology in the classroom, on the job, or in the field, this dictionary contains more than 1,600 terms covering the entire lexicon of geographic information systems.
About the Author
Shelly Sommer is a librarian and researcher for ESRI and the science library manager at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Tasha Wade is the coordinator for the ESRI GIS library project, where she oversees the design and development of several Web resources, including the GIS dictionary on the ESRI support center. She lives in Redlands, California.
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