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Geographic information systems demystified [electronic resource] / Stephen R. Galati.

By: Galati, Stephen R.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Artech House mobile communications series: Publisher: Boston : Artech House, c2006Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 270 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9781580535380 (electronic bk.); 1580535380 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Geographic information systems | Syst�emes d'information g�eographique | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Remote Sensing & Geographic Information SystemsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Geographic information systems demystified.DDC classification: 910.285 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Geographic Information Systems Demystified; Contents vii; Preface xv; Acknowledgments xvii; Introduction xix; Part I: What Is a Geographic Information System? 1; 1 How Does a GIS Work? 3; 2 Why Use a GIS? 15; 3 The Structure of Geographic Data 29; 4 Geospatial Metadata 41; Part II: Geodesy, Earth Models, and Coordinate Systems; 5 The Basics of Geodesy and Scale 61; 6 The Ellipsoid 73; 7 The Horizontal Datum 85; 8 The Vertical Datum 103; 9 The Map Projection 113; 10 The Coordinate System 139; Part III: GIS Applications and Environments; 11 Thematic Mapping 155
Summary: Geographic information systems (GIS) ? a central repository of geographic data collected from various sources, including satellites and GPS - is emerging as one of the most intriguing and promising high-tech fields. Today, many technical, managerial, engineering, and academic positions require GIS skills, and this easy-to-understand resource answers the call. The book examines and explains all of the critical GIS concepts in a clear voice and in a consistent structure. It provides technical and non-technical professionals, regardless of their background, with an accessible and practical guide.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-258) and index.

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Geographic Information Systems Demystified; Contents vii; Preface xv; Acknowledgments xvii; Introduction xix; Part I: What Is a Geographic Information System? 1; 1 How Does a GIS Work? 3; 2 Why Use a GIS? 15; 3 The Structure of Geographic Data 29; 4 Geospatial Metadata 41; Part II: Geodesy, Earth Models, and Coordinate Systems; 5 The Basics of Geodesy and Scale 61; 6 The Ellipsoid 73; 7 The Horizontal Datum 85; 8 The Vertical Datum 103; 9 The Map Projection 113; 10 The Coordinate System 139; Part III: GIS Applications and Environments; 11 Thematic Mapping 155

Geographic information systems (GIS) ? a central repository of geographic data collected from various sources, including satellites and GPS - is emerging as one of the most intriguing and promising high-tech fields. Today, many technical, managerial, engineering, and academic positions require GIS skills, and this easy-to-understand resource answers the call. The book examines and explains all of the critical GIS concepts in a clear voice and in a consistent structure. It provides technical and non-technical professionals, regardless of their background, with an accessible and practical guide.

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