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Getting started with geographic information systems

Author: Keith C Clarke
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©2001.
Series: Prentice Hall series in geographic information science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD for computer   Computer File : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Geographic information systems
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Clarke, Keith C., 1955-
Getting started with geographic information systems.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©2001
(OCoLC)605080749
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Keith C Clarke
ISBN: 0130168297 9780130168290 0130322415 9780130322418
OCLC Number: 44026120
Description: xiii, 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
Details: System requirements: multimedia PC with a Pentium processor; 24 MB RAM, 20 MB free hard drive space; Windows 95/98/NT/2000; Internet Browser 4.0; 800 x 600 pixel screen resolution, 4x CD-ROM drive.
Contents: (NOTE: Each chapter includes Study Guide, Exercises, References, and Key Terms and Definitions.)1. What Is a GIS? Getting Started. Some Definitions of GIS. A Brief History of GIS. Sources of Information on GIS. People in GIS: Nils Larsen.2. GIS's Roots in Cartography. Map and Attribute Information. Map Scale and Projections. Coordinate Systems. Geographic Information.3. Maps as Numbers. Representing Maps as Numbers. Structuring Attributes. Structuring Maps. Why Topology Matters. Formats for GIS Data. Exchanging Data. People in GIS: Mark Bosworth.4. Getting the Map into the Computer. Analog-to-Digital Maps. Finding Existing Map Data. Digitizing and Scanning. Field and Image Data. Data Entry. Editing and Validation. People in GIS: Susan Benjamin.5. What Is Where? Basic Database Management. Searches by Attribute. Searches by Geography. The Query Interface.6. Why Is It There? Describing Attributes. Statistical Analysis. Spatial Description. Spatial Analysis. Searching for Spatial Relationships. GIS and Spatial Analysis.7. Making Maps with GIS. The Parts of a Map. Choosing a Map Type. Designing the Map.8. How to Pick a GIS. The Evolution of GIS Software. GIS and Operating Systems. GIS Software Capabilities. GIS Software and Data Structures. Choosing the Best GIS. People in GIS: Assaf Anyamba.9. GIS in Action. Introducing GIS in Action. Case Study 1: GIS Fights the Gypsy Moth. Case Study 2: GIS and Road Accidents in Connecticut. Case Study 3: GIS Helps Environmental Assessment in Brooklyn. Case Study 4: The Channel Islands GIS. Case Study 5: Using GIS and GPS to Map the Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa.10. The Future of GIS. Why Speculate? Future Data. Future Hardware. Future Software. Some Future Issues and Problems. Conclusion. People in GIS: Michael Goodchild.Glossary. Index.
Series Title: Prentice Hall series in geographic information science.
Responsibility: Keith C. Clarke.

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