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Geographical information systems : an introduction

Author: Julie Delaney
Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic., Australia ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This thoroughly revised second edition of Geographical Information Systems is designed to give students a sound introduction to the basic concepts of GIS and spatial analysis. The data, setting and examples are Australian, providing a unique geographical learning experience."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Geographic information systems
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Delaney, Julie, 1970-
Geographical information systems.
South Melbourne, Vic., Australia ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)653434910
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Delaney
ISBN: 9780195556070 0195556070
OCLC Number: 123376198
Description: xviii, 214 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: List of figures --
List of Australian GIS stories --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
ch. 1. The gist of GIS --
Objectives --
What is GIS? --
GIS : An introductory learning experience --
GIS components --
Functional elements of GIS --
How could I apply GIS in my field? --
Why use GIS? --
Comments from the workplace : GIS usage --
Thinking critically : What is GIS? --
Exercises : Exploring Jarrahlea --
References and further readings --
pt. 1. GIS data --
ch. 2. Data --
Objectives --
Types of data --
Data structures --
Comments from the workplace : data --
Thinking critically : Scale and spatial data --
Exercises : Jarrahlea data recognition --
References and further readings --
ch. 3. Data input --
Objectives --
Data input methods --
Issues of data input --
Comments from the workplace : Data input --
Thinking critically : Creating spatial data in a digital age --
Exercises : Capturing the Jarrahlea digital data --
References and further readings. ch. 4. Data editing --
Objectives --
Data editing --
Data-entry errors --
Tools for correcting errors --
Comments from the workplace : Data editing --
Thinking critically : finding errors --
Exercises : When Jarrahlea is not as it should be --
References and further readings --
ch. 5. The G in GIS --
Objectives --
Putting the G in GIS --
Artificial coordinate systems --
Real coordinate systems --
Converting data to real coordinate systems --
Using projected data --
Comments from the workplace : Registration and projection --
Thinking critically : Working with projected data --
Exercises : Coordinating Jarrahlea data --
References and further readings --
ch. 6. Data output --
Objectives --
Data output --
Data output methods --
Issues of data output --
The basics of map design --
Comments from the workplace : Data output --
Thinking critically : Audience and data output --
Exercises : Getting the Jarrahlea data out of your system --
References and further readings. ch. 7. Data management --
Objectives --
Data organisation within GIS --
Databases --
Database management systems (DBMS) --
Data dictionaries and metadata --
Comments from the workplace : Data management --
Thinking critically : Database structures and metadata --
Exercises : About the data --
References and further readings --
pt. 2. GIS analyses --
ch. 8. Elementary GIS tools --
Objectives --
The basic toolbox --
Listing --
Displaying --
Querying --
Reclassifying --
Measuring --
Reporting --
Comments from the workplace : Elementary GIS tools --
Thinking critically : Maps for exploring data and ideas --
Exercises : Listing, displaying, querying, reclassifying, measuring, and reporting on Jarrahlea --
References and further readings --
ch. 9. Vector geoprocessing tools --
Objectives --
Vector geoprocessing tools --
Buffering --
Erasing --
Extracting --
Merging --
Updating --
Vector overlay --
Comments from the workplace : Vector geoprocessing tools --
Thinking critically : Using the right tool --
Exercises : Geoprocessing Jarrahlea --
References and further readings. ch. 10. Raster geoprocessing tools --
Objectives --
Raster geoprocessing --
Point operations in raster geoprocessing --
Neighbourhood operations in raster geoprocessing --
Zonal operations in raster geoprocessing --
Comments from the workplace : Raster geoprocessing --
Exercises : Layer upon layer of Jarrahlea data --
References and further readings --
ch. 11. Proximity and network analyses --
Objectives --
More advanced analyses --
Proximity analysis --
Networks --
Comments from the workplace : Networks and proximity --
Thinking critically : Spatial connections --
Exercises : Proximity analysis among the tea-trees and networking with Jarrahlea --
References and further readings --
ch. 12. Surface analyses --
Objectives --
Creating surfaces --
Data models for surfaces --
Derivatives of surface models --
Beyond two dimensions --
Comments from the workplace : Surface analysis --
Thinking critically : What's in a landscape? --
Exercises : The highs and lows of Jarrahlea --
References and further readings --
ch. 13. Spatial modelling --
Objectives --
Why use spatial models? --
Types of spatial models --
Testing and verifying models --
Comments from the workplace : Spatial modelling --
Thinking critically : Using spatial models --
Exercises : Weed vulnerability modelling for Jarrahlea --
References and further readings. ch. 14. Error evaluation and tracking --
Objectives --
Error and uncertainty in GIS data --
Evaluating and reporting positional accuracy --
Evaluating and reporting attribute accuracy --
The nature of errors in spatial data --
Error and uncertainty in GIS analyses --
Comments from the workplace : Error in GIS --
thinking critically : Error and its impact on outcomes --
Exercises : Error evaluation and reporting for Jarrahlea --
References and further readings --
ch. 15. Spatial directions --
Objectives --
Spatial analysis directions --
GIS software directions --
GIS employment and the GIS workforce --
Comments from the workplace : The voice of the GIS user --
Where to now? --
Appendix : Answers to the exercises --
Glossary --
Index.
Responsibility: Julie Delaney & Kimberly Van Niel.

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