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A primer of GIS : fundamental geographic and cartographic concepts

Author: Francis Harvey
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"This accessible text prepares students to understand and work with geographic information systems (GIS), offering a detailed introduction to essential theories, concepts, and skills. The book is organized in four modular parts that can be used in any sequence in entry-level and more specialized courses. Basic cartographic principles are integrated with up-to-date discussions of GIS technologies and applications.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Geographic information systems
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Harvey
ISBN: 9781462522170 1462522173 9781462522187 1462522181
OCLC Number: 907621823
Description: xvi, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Your world and GI technology --
Goals of cartography and GI: representation and communication --
Choices in how we make representations --
GI and cartography issues --
Some history and the continued many uses of GIS --
pt. 2. Fundamentals and functions --
Projections --
Locational and coordinate systems --
Databases, cartography, and GI --
Surveying, GPS, digitization --
Remote sensing --
Locations and fields: discrete and nondiscrete GI --
pt. 3. Techniques and practices --
Cartographic representation --
Map cultures, misuses, and GI --
Administration of spaces --
Online mapping and geocoded worlds --
pt. 4. Fundamentals of GI analysis: understanding the world --
GI analysis and GIS --
Geostatistics --
Considering the past and future of GIS.
Responsibility: Francis Harvey.

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"This accessible text prepares students to understand and work with geographic information systems (GIS), offering a detailed introduction to essential theories, concepts, and skills. The book is organized in four modular parts that can be used in any sequence in entry-level and more specialized courses. Basic cartographic principles are integrated with up-to-date discussions of GIS technologies and applications. Coverage includes everything from what geographic information is to its many uses and societal implications. Practical examples and exercises invite readers to explore the choices involved in producing reliable maps and other forms of geographic information. Illustrations include 170 figures (with 15 in color). The companion website provides links to Web resources for each chapter, plus downloadable PowerPoint slides of most of the figures. New to this edition are a chapter on online mapping and Big Data, new and updated discussions of remote sensing, vector and raster data models, location privacy, uses of geocoding, and other timely topics, a chapter on the many uses of GIS, such as in market analyses, emergency responding, and tracking of epidemics, and a section overviews and an end-of-book glossary. Pedagogical features include modules and individual chapters that can be used sequentially or in any order, end-of-chapter review questions with answers, exercises, and extended exercises for applying theories and concepts, "In-Depth" sidebars offering a closer look at key concepts and applications, and end-of-chapter links to relevant Web resources"--Provided by publisher.

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