Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems

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Prentice Hall, 2001 - Science - 352 pages
This best-selling non-technical, reader-friendly introduction to GIS makes the complexity of this rapidly growing high-tech field accessible to beginners. Clearly linking theory and practice, it uses a "learn-by-seeing" approach that features clear, simple explanations, an abundance of illustrations and photos, and generic practice labs for use with any GIS software. Comprehensive and integrated, it provides single-volume coverage of necessary topics drawn from cartography, GIS, spatial analysis, and quantitative methods. What Is a GIS? GIS's Roots in Cartography. Maps as Numbers. Getting the Map into the Computer. What Is Where? Why Is It There? Making Maps with GIS. How to Pick a GIS. GIS in Action. The Future of GIS. For anyone interested in a hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

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Contents

What Is a GIS?
1
GISs Roots in Cartography
40
نر Maps as Numbers
73
Getting the Map into the Computer
112
What Is Where?
146
Why Is It There?
166
Making Maps with GIS
200
How to Pick a GIS
217
GIS in Action
252
The Future of GIS
282
Glossary
322

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