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.
Introduction 1 Part I: GIS: Geography on Steroids 7 Chapter 1: Seeing the Scope of GIS 9 Chapter 2: Recognizing How Maps Show Information 23 Chapter 3: Reading, Analyzing, and Interpreting Maps 39 Part II: Geography Goes Digital 57 Chapter 4: Creating a Conceptual Model 59 Chapter 5: Understanding the GIS Data Models 73 Chapter 6: Keeping Track of Data Descriptions 93 Chapter 7: Managing Multiple Maps 109 Chapter 8: Gathering and Digitizing Geographic Data 117 Part III: Retrieving, Counting, and Characterizing Geography 135 Chapter 9: Finding Information in Raster Systems 137 Chapter 10: Finding Features in Vector Systems 147 Chapter 11: Searching for Geographic Objects, Distributions, and Groups 65 Part IV: Analyzing Geographic Patterns 181 Chapter 12: Measuring Distance 183 Chapter 13: Working with Statistical Surfaces 199 Chapter 14: Exploring Topographical Surfaces 213 Chapter 15: Working with Networks 225 Chapter 16: Comparing Multiple Maps 239 Chapter 17: Map Algebra and Model Building 253 Part V: GIS Output and Application 277 Chapter 18: Producing Cartographic Output 279 Chapter 19: Generating Non-Cartographic Output 293 Chapter 20: GIS in Organizations 301 Part VI: The Part of Tens 315 Chapter 21: Ten GIS Software Vendors 317 Chapter 22: Ten Questions to Ask Potential Vendors 329 Chapter 23: Ten GIS Data Sources 333 Index 343
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.
Curious about GIS? Organizing a GIS? Here's the book you need! Geographic information system, or GIS, is a powerful technology that has been called "geography on steroids." This book contains what you need to know on mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze their patterns, and how to generate travel directions, customer locations lists, and much more with GIS. GIS takes a village — know all the hardware and software necessary to collect, analyze, and manipulate GIS data Just for map mavens — explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, or manage multiple maps What the data mean — analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results Think spatially — recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data On the grid — define and locate geographic objects on the grid The earth is not flat — accurately portray geographic features with map projections Technological duct tape — discover the many uses of GIS for business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more Design a GIS — determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and plan your system Open the book and find: How to get paper maps into your computer Different ways to measure distance How to organize your spatial data What raster and vector mean to a cartographer How to choose a GIS software vendor How GIS can help you determine appropriate land use Dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses How to create animated GIS output