GIS For Dummies

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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 technology that has been called “geography on steroids.” GIS is what lets you see the schools in your neighborhood or tells you where the nearest McDonald’s is. GIS For Dummies tells you all about mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze patterns such as streets and waterways, and how to generate travel directions, customer location lists, and much more with GIS.

Whether you’re in charge of creating GIS applications for your business or you simply love maps, you’ll find GIS For Dummies 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, or manage multiple maps
  • Analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results
  • Measure distance in absolute, comparative, and functional ways
  • Recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data
  • Discover how GIS is used in business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more
  • Find out how GIS can help you find out where flooding may occur
  • Determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and actually plan and design a GIS system

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

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not 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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