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The Handbook of Geographic Information Scienceby John Wilson
Synopses & Reviews
This Handbookis an essential reference and a guide to the rapidly expanding field of Geographic Information Science. Designed to suit those who want an in-depth treatment of the subject, it comprises over thirty substantial essays, each written by a recognized expert in a particular area.
The Handbookcovers the full spectrum of research in the field. Contributors explore the major trends influencing the collection, organization, and dissemination of geographically referenced data sets, and review the defining characteristics of the database solutions used in GIS products. They consider the opportunities for using GIS to conduct spatial analysis, and examine the ways in which it has been used to advance cartographic modeling and visualization. Finally, they portray GIS at work, surveying its increasing number of applications.
The editors introduce the Handbookwith an essential overview of the origins, history, and state of the art of Geographic Information Science, before providing brief summaries of the chapters that follow. They conclude the book with two final chapters setting out how Geographic Information Science is likely to evolve in the future.
About the Author
John P. Wilson is Professor of Geography and Director of the GIS Research Laboratory at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
A. Stewart Fotheringham is Director of the National Centre for Geocomputation at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
They are both editors of the journal Transactions in GIS, also published by Blackwell.
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
List of Contributors.
Geographic Information Science: An Introduction: A. Stewart Fotheringham (National University of Ireland) and John P. Wilson (University of Southern California).
Part I: Data Issues:.
1. The Availability of Geographic Data: The Current Technical and Institutional Environment: David J. Cowen (University of South Carolina).
2. Social Data: David J. Martin (University of Southampton).
3. Remote Sensing: Brian G. Lees (University of New South Wales).
4. Spatialization: Andre Skupin (San Diego State University) and Sara I. Fabrikant (University of Zurich).
5. Uncertainty in Spatial Databases: Ashley Morris (DePaul University).
6. On the Identification of Uncertainties in Spatial Data and Their Quantification with Probability Distribution Functions: James D. Brown (Universiteit van Amsterdam) and Gerald B. M. Heuvelink (Wageningen University and Research Centre).
Part II: Database Trends and Challenges:.
7. Object-Oriented Database Management Systems: Shashi Shekhar and Ranga Raju Vatsavai (University of Minnesota).
8. Adding the Z Dimension: Michael F. Hutchinson (Australian National University).
9. Adding Time into Geographic Information Science Databases: May Yuan (University of Oklahoma).
10. Geospatial Data Integration: Craig A. Knoblock and Cyrus Shahabi (University of Southern California).
Part III: Visualization:.
11. Mapping in a Digital
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