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Michael F. Worboys
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30 Oct 1995
This aims to make the computing principles underlying geographic databases understandable and accessible to current and potential users of such systems. It overviews database system philosophy; describes database concepts eg storage, retrieval, architecture, conceptual modelling, and database querying.It then focuses on the characteristics of GIS, spatial data and spatial databases, concluding with a discussion of current/future research trends.

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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (30 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748400656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748400652
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worboys; M. F. University of Maine, Orono, USA,

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 2 May 2002
Very technical and theoretical. The chapter on databases is excellent. Contains a lot of maths. It is invaluable if you are doing an MSc or higher in GIS. I didn't understand averything first read, but it eventually starts to make sense. This is not a criticism of the book, but of myself coming from a non-math background. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear description of the architecture of a GIS 19 Oct 2001
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This book fills a very important gap in the GIS literature. There are many good introductory book about GIS (try Burrough, for example), but they have been mostly written having a geographer or an earth scientist as their prospective reader. By contrast, Worboys writes for the computer engineer or programmer who wants to understand how a GIS really works inside. The author is a leading researcher on the field, and the book is clearly and concisely written. If you are a computer professional working in the GIS area, you'll find this book invaluable.
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