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Modeling Our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Designby Michael Zieler
Synopses & Reviews
This conceptual overview introduces and explains the concept of geodatabases-object-oriented data models-which are introduced in ArcInfo 8, the world's most advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) software package. Included are explanations of what models are and how they represent reality, how GIS data is structured in digital form, extending the power of databases, and making models of everything from streams to electrical power grids. Users will be able to make their datasets "smarter" by defining the relationships between them and endowing them with specific behaviors. These new characteristics are explained and highlighted with hundreds of map illustrations and diagrams.
Information to help GIS users create models of unprecedented power and versatility.
Geographic data models are digital frameworks that describe the location and characteristics of things in the world around us. With a geographic information system, we can use these models as lenses to see, interpret, and analyze the infinite complexity of our natural and man-made environments. With the geodatabase, a new geographic data model introduced with ArcInfo 8, you can extend significantly the level of detail and range of accuracy with which you can model geographic reality in a database environment.
GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook features exercises that demonstrate the advanced functionality of the ArcEditor and ArcInfo licenses of ArcGIS Desktop. This workbook is divided into four sections: geodatabase framework design, data creation and management, workflow optimization, and labeling and symbolizing. A fully functioning 180-day trial DVD of ArcEditor 10 software and a DVD containing data used in the tutorial exercises are included. GIS Tutorial 3 was designed to be used for advanced coursework or individual study.
About the Author
Zieler-Designer for ESRI
David Arctur is a product specialist at ESRI and is part of the geodatabase development team. He has written for the ""Earth Observation and Mapping Magazine,"" ""IEEE Computer Magazine,"" and ""International Journal of Geographical Information Science,"" He lives in Austin, Texas. Michael Zeiler is a technical writer and data model specialist at ESRI with experience in diagramming GIS concepts, building data models, and programming. He is the author of ""Exploring ArcObjects,"" ""Inside ARC/INFO,"" and ""Modeling Our World,"" He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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