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A Primer of GIS


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Part I: Communication and Geographic Understanding. Goals of Cartography and GI: Representation and Communication. Choices in How to Make Representations. GI and Cartography Issues. Part II: Principles of GI and Cartography. Projections. Locational and Coordinate Systems. Databases, Cartography, and GI. Surveying, GPS, Digitization. Remote Sensing. Positions, Networks, Fields, and Transformations. Part III: Advanced Issues in GI and Cartography. Cartographic Representation Map Cultures, Misuses, and GI. Administration of Spaces. Part IV: GI Analysis: Understanding Our World. GI Analysis and GIS. Geostatistics. Futures of GIS.

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Francis Harvey, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA


"Presents fundamental concepts with intelligence and depth while remaining accessible to beginning and future GIS users from varied disciplinary backgrounds. With an entire chapter on map misuses and a robust discussion of the future of GIS, the primer is clearly more than a guide to understanding the technology. It bridges conceptual and practical areas of knowledge; for example, taking readers from basic cartographic concepts to an initial exploration of specific areas of application like GPS and lidar." - "David Tulloch, Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

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