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By: Jochen Albrecht
103 pages, Figs
This text is the applied primer on key concepts and techniques in GIS. It comprises thirty-five, 2,000-word encyclopaedic dictionary entries, each with graphic illustration. "Key Concepts and Techniques" shows what can be done with GIS data, from data input to data management and analysis. "Key Concepts and Techniques" in GIS provides concise definitions of and discussions on: first principles - what is GIS, why use GIS, defining geographic data; assembling GIS data - creating data, accessing data, managing uncertainty; spatial analysis - combining data, location/allocation, map algebra, terrain modelling, spatial statistics, and geocomputation; advanced concepts - like spatial decision making, collaborative spatial decision making, participatory GIS, object oriented GIS, multimedia and virtual reality; and the text is supplemented with a web site that contains material on methods, models, projects, and standards.
Albrecht's slim volume is an important contribution to users and teachers of geographic information systems. It is a distillation of the core functions available in contemporary workstation GIS systems, functions likely to become common on Web mapping systems like Google Earth and MS Virtual Earth. Well written and up-to-date, this book is an excellent complement to the voluminous documentation provided by software and solutions vendors. -CHOICE -- E.J. Delaney CHOICE 20080318 "Well written and up-to-date, this book is an excellent complement to the voluminous documentation provided by software and solutions vendors. A must-have for libraries, practitioners, and researchers using GIS." -- E.J. Delaney Choice Magazine 20080814
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