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Exploring Geographic Information Systems Paperback – 19 Jul 2001


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"a novel, yet coherent and complete picture of what is involved in the science and organization of this technology...a truly excellent distillation of the comprehensive nature of geographic information handling in computerized systems." (Society of Cartographers Bulletin, Vol.35, No.2)

"...a truly excellent distillation of the comprehensive nature of geographic information handling in computerized systems." (Society of Cartographers Bulletin, Vol.35, No.2)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, but great technical background of GIS 17 July 2011
By jonathan fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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Not current on capabilities of today's software (published 2002), but focus is on the nature of data management and manipulation in GIS. Book is still relevant for those interested in understanding the technical details of GIS operations. Good background reference for building a study in spatial analysis, and understanding the range of issues that can present themselves in working with spatial data. This is not a workbook for performing spatial analysis.

Requires some familiarity with working with GIS.
3.0 out of 5 stars actually 31 Aug. 2013
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needed it for a class I were registered for but has since dropped it so never needed it. But the service was excellent.
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