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Publisher Comments:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is the organized activity by which people:
  • measure aspects of geographic phenomena and processes;
  • represent these measurements, usually in the form of a computer database, to emphasize spatial themes, entities, and relationships;
  • operate upon these representations to produce more measurements, and to discover new relationships by integrating disparate sources; and,
  • transform these representations to conform to other frameworks of entities and relationships.
These activities reflect the larger context, such as institutions and cultures, in which these people carry out their work. In turn, the GIS may influence these structures. This text provides the comprehensive coverage you will need to master this powerful new technology.

Book News Annotation:

An informal introduction to the technology used in many disciplines to measure, represent, manipulate, and transform geographic phenomena. Emphasizes the geographical information at the core of all the complicated calculations and glittering computers. Covers the building blocks of geographic information, transformations and operations, evaluation and implementation, and the social and institutional contexts. An associated web site carries the treatment beyond the pages. Illustrated in black and white.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Uses case studies to examine the various applications of each type of geographic information.

* Considers geographic information as a technical problem, an empowering application, a pure science endeavor, an academic pursuit and a social necessity.

* Provides a wide range of examples and applications to help readers understand technical discussions.

Synopsis:

This exploration of geographic information and geographic information systems (GIS) expands the discussion beyond the normal input-processing-output sequence. It begins by examining the manipulations that support analytical uses of GIS, including measurement and frameworks, representations, data quality, transformation and operations, parametric mapping, simple logic and overlay, taxonomy, distance transformations and surfaces. It then moves on to discuss operations that connect the practical exercises in the book to professional applications of GIS techniques in bureaucratic, social and cultural contexts.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-282) and index.

Table of Contents

BUILDING BLOCKS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION.

Measurement Basics.

Measurement Frameworks.

Representation.

TRANSFORMATIONS AND OPERATIONS.

Attribute-based Operations.

Overlay: Integration of Disparate Sources.

Distance Transformations.

Surfaces and Near Neighbors.

Comprehensive Operations.

Transformations.

THE BROADER CONTEXT.

Evaluation and Implementation.

Social and Institutional Context.

Summary.

Bibliography.

Sources and Credits.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471108429
Author:
Chrisman, Nicholas
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
Remote Sensing
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Geographic information systems
Subject:
Geografâia
Subject:
GIS, Remote Sensing & Cartography
Copyright:
Series Volume:
104-164
Publication Date:
20010607
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.10x7.54x.54 in. 1.07 lbs.

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » Geography » General
» History and Social Science » Geography » Mapping and Cartography

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Product details 320 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780471108429 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Uses case studies to examine the various applications of each type of geographic information.

* Considers geographic information as a technical problem, an empowering application, a pure science endeavor, an academic pursuit and a social necessity.

* Provides a wide range of examples and applications to help readers understand technical discussions.

"Synopsis" by , This exploration of geographic information and geographic information systems (GIS) expands the discussion beyond the normal input-processing-output sequence. It begins by examining the manipulations that support analytical uses of GIS, including measurement and frameworks, representations, data quality, transformation and operations, parametric mapping, simple logic and overlay, taxonomy, distance transformations and surfaces. It then moves on to discuss operations that connect the practical exercises in the book to professional applications of GIS techniques in bureaucratic, social and cultural contexts.
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