GIS For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 25, 2009 - Science - 384 pages
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GIS (geographic information system) is a totally cool technologythat has been called “geography on steroids.” GIS iswhat lets you see the schools in your neighborhood or tells youwhere the nearest McDonald’s is. GIS For Dummies tellsyou all about mapping terminology and digital mapping, how tolocate geographic features and analyze patterns such as streets andwaterways, and how to generate travel directions, customer locationlists, and much more with GIS.

Whether you’re in charge of creating GIS applications foryour business or you simply love maps, you’ll find GIS ForDummies is packed with information. For example, you can:

  • Learn all the hardware and software necessary to collect,analyze, and manipulate GIS data
  • Explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, ormanage multiple maps
  • Analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret theresults
  • Measure distance in absolute, comparative, and functionalways
  • Recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data
  • Discover how GIS is used in business, the military, cityplanning, emergency services, land management, and more
  • Find out how GIS can help you find out where flooding mayoccur
  • Determine what your organization needs, do appropriateanalyses, and actually plan and design a GIS system

You’ll find dozens of applications for GIS queries andanalyses, and even learn to create animated GIS output. Whetheryour goal is to implement a GIS or just have fun, GIS ForDummies will get you there!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.


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Table ofContents
Seeing the Scope of
Recognizing How Maps Show Information
Helping Computers Read Maps
Converting fromMapto Computer
Understanding the GIS Data Models
Keeping Track of Data Descriptions
Storing datain Raster GIS Searching with SQLinanyGIS Understanding ObjectOriented Systems
Measuring Distance
Working with Statistical Surfaces
Exploring Topographical Surfaces
Workingwith Networks Measuring Connectivity
Comparing Multiple Maps Exploring Methods ofMapOverlay Finding pointsin polygons Finding lines on polygons
Map Algebra andModel Building
GIS Output and Application Chapter 18 Producing Cartographic Output
Looking for Routings and Travel Directions

ManagingMultiple Maps Layering Data in GIS Models Comparing the MapHandling Capabilities ofGIS System Models
Deciding what to digitize
Finding Information in Raster Systems
Getting Explicitwith Vector Data Seeing How Data StructureAffects Retrieval Deciding How to Search the Systems
Searching Vector Systems using Geography
GIS in Organizations
The PartofTens Chapter 21 Ten GIS Software Vendors
Ten Questions to Ask Potential Vendors

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About the author (2009)

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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