A primer of GIS: fundamental geographic and cartographic concepts

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Guilford Press, Feb 15, 2008 - Political Science - 310 pages
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This pragmatic book introduces key concepts and skills to prepare students to understand and use geographic information systems (GIS). The text thoroughly explains what geographic information is, how it is represented and analyzed, and what it communicates about human and environmental activities and events that take place on our planet. Basic principles of map making and map reading are integrated with discussions of relevant information technologies and applications. Written in an accessible style, the text is organized into four parts that can be used in any sequence in entry-level and more specialized GIS courses. User-friendly features include practical examples and exercises, engaging vignettes, and helpful Internet resources.

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Francis Harvey is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. He has also worked at the University of Kentucky and at a variety of academic and professional positions in Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and has taught GIS courses in other academic and professional programs around the world. His research is wide ranging, with a current focus on governance of land and spatial data infrastructures.

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