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GIS for Dummies (For Dummies)by Michael N. Demers
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Curious about GIS?
Organizing a GIS?
Here's the book you need!
Geographic information system, or GIS, is a powerful technology that has been called "geography on steroids." This book contains what you need to know on mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze their patterns, and how to generate travel directions, customer locations lists, and much more with GIS.
Open the book and find:
GIS For Dummiesapproaches GIS the fun and easy way, targeting IT managers, IT staff and business owners looking to implement a GIS system, those interested in creating a GIS, map hobbyists, engineers/surveyors, and those studying or planning to study GIS. The book doesn't overwhelm with details, equations, or computer codes. Instead the author interweaves the ideas of geographic inquiry and spatial discovery and examining the computerized world of the digital GIS databases. After discussing spatial and mapping concepts, the author sequentially addresses the components of GIS systems. A final chapter spotlights the process of designing and implementing a GIS system in organizations.
Part I – The Geography in GIS
Part II – Geography goes Digital
Part III: Data Preprocessing
Part IV: Retrieving, counting, and characterizing geography
Part V: Analyzing geographic patterns
Part VII: Cartography
Part VIII: GIS in Organizations
Part IX: Resources
GIS (geographic information system) is a totally cool technology that has been called “geography on steroids.” GIS is what lets you see the schools in your neighborhood or tells you where the nearest McDonald’s is. GIS For Dummies tells you all about mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze patterns such as streets and waterways, and how to generate travel directions, customer location lists, and much more with GIS.
Whether you’re in charge of creating GIS applications for your business or you simply love maps, you’ll find GIS For Dummies is packed with information. For example, you can:
You’ll find dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses, and even learn to create animated GIS output. Whether your goal is to implement a GIS or just have fun, GIS For Dummies will get you there!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
Michael N. DeMers is an Associate Professor of Geography with more than 25 years of GIS experience. He is also CEO of DeMers Geographics, a provider of educational resources for GIS students and educators.
Table of Contents
Part I: GIS: Geography on Steroids 7
Chapter 1: Seeing the Scope of GIS 9
Chapter 2: Recognizing How Maps Show Information 23
Chapter 3: Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Maps 39
Part II: Geography Goes Digital 57
Chapter 4: Creating a Conceptual Model 59
Chapter 5: Understanding the GIS Data Models 73
Chapter 6: Keeping Track of Data Descriptions 93
Chapter 7: Managing Multiple Maps 109
Chapter 8: Gathering and Digitizing Geographic Data 117
Part III: Retrieving, Counting, and Characterizing Geography 135
Chapter 9: Finding Information in Raster Systems 137
Chapter 10: Finding Features in Vector Systems 147
Chapter 11: Searching for Geographic Objects, Distributions, and Groups 65
Part IV: Analyzing Geographic Patterns 181
Chapter 12: Measuring Distance 183
Chapter 13: Working with Statistical Surfaces 199
Chapter 14: Exploring Topographical Surfaces 213
Chapter 15: Working with Networks 225
Chapter 16: Comparing Multiple Maps 239
Chapter 17: Map Algebra and Model Building 253
Part V: GIS Output and Application 277
Chapter 18: Producing Cartographic Output 279
Chapter 19: Generating Non-Cartographic Output 293
Chapter 20: GIS in Organizations 301
Part VI: The Part of Tens 315
Chapter 21: Ten GIS Software Vendors 317
Chapter 22: Ten Questions to Ask Potential Vendors 329
Chapter 23: Ten GIS Data Sources 333
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