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Organizing a GIS?

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Geographic information system, or GIS, is a powerful technology that has been called "geography on steroids." This book contains what you need to know on mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze their patterns, and how to generate ...

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Curious about GIS?

Organizing a GIS?

Here's the book you need!

Geographic information system, or GIS, is a powerful technology that has been called "geography on steroids." This book contains what you need to know on mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze their patterns, and how to generate travel directions, customer locations lists, and much more with GIS.

  • GIS takes a village — know all the hardware and software necessary to collect, analyze, and manipulate GIS data

  • Just for map mavens — explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, or manage multiple maps

  • What the data mean — analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results

  • Think spatially — recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data

  • On the grid — define and locate geographic objects on the grid

  • The earth is not flat — accurately portray geographic features with map projections

  • Technological duct tape — discover the many uses of GIS for business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more

  • Design a GIS — determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and plan your system

Open the book and find:

  • How to get paper maps into your computer

  • Different ways to measure distance

  • How to organize your spatial data

  • What raster and vector mean to a cartographer

  • How to choose a GIS software vendor

  • How GIS can help you determine appropriate land use

  • Dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses

  • How to create animated GIS output

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470521502
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 655,247
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Michael N. DeMers is an Associate Professor of Geography with more than 25 years of GIS experience. He is also CEO of DeMers Geographics, a provider of educational resources for GIS students and educators.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: GIS: Geography on Steroids 7

Chapter 1: Seeing the Scope of GIS 9

Chapter 2: Recognizing How Maps Show Information 23

Chapter 3: Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Maps 39

Part II: Geography Goes Digital 57

Chapter 4: Creating a Conceptual Model 59

Chapter 5: Understanding the GIS Data Models 73

Chapter 6: Keeping Track of Data Descriptions 93

Chapter 7: Managing Multiple Maps 109

Chapter 8: Gathering and Digitizing Geographic Data 117

Part III: Retrieving, Counting, and Characterizing Geography 135

Chapter 9: Finding Information in Raster Systems 137

Chapter 10: Finding Features in Vector Systems 147

Chapter 11: Searching for Geographic Objects, Distributions, and Groups 65

Part IV: Analyzing Geographic Patterns 181

Chapter 12: Measuring Distance 183

Chapter 13: Working with Statistical Surfaces 199

Chapter 14: Exploring Topographical Surfaces 213

Chapter 15: Working with Networks 225

Chapter 16: Comparing Multiple Maps 239

Chapter 17: Map Algebra and Model Building 253

Part V: GIS Output and Application 277

Chapter 18: Producing Cartographic Output 279

Chapter 19: Generating Non-Cartographic Output 293

Chapter 20: GIS in Organizations 301

Part VI: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 21: Ten GIS Software Vendors 317

Chapter 22: Ten Questions to Ask Potential Vendors 329

Chapter 23: Ten GIS Data Sources 333

Index 343

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