Table of Contents

  1. FRONT PIECE
    1. PREFACE
    2. PURPOSE
    3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  2. CHAPTER 1: THE NATURE OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
    1. MAPS AND SPATIAL INFORMATION
    2. CHARACTERIZING GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES
    3. DATA ACCURACY AND QUALITY
  3. CHAPTER 2: THE NATURE OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
    1. WHAT IS A GIS ?
    2. GIS SUBSYSTEMS
    3. COMPONENTS OF A GIS
    4. GIS DATA MODELS
    5. GIS DATA TYPES
    6. SPATIAL DATA MODELS
    7. VECTOR DATA FORMATS
    8. RASTER DATA FORMATS
    9. IMAGE DATA
    10. VECTOR AND RASTER - ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
    11. ATTRIBUTE DATA MODELS
    12. SPATIAL DATA RELATIONSHIPS
    13. TOPOLOGY
  4. CHAPTER 3: DATA SOURCES
    1. SOURCES OF DATA
    2. DATA INPUT TECHNIQUES
    3. DATA EDITING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
  5. CHAPTER 4: DATA ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE
    1. ORGANIZING DATA FOR ANALYSIS
    2. SPATIAL DATA LAYERS - VERTICAL DATA ORGANIZATION
    3. EDITING AND UPDATING OF DATA
    4. DATA RETRIEVAL AND QUERYING
  6. CHAPTER 5: DATA ANALYSIS
    1. MANIPULATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF SPATIAL DATA
    2. INTEGRATION AND MODELLING OF SPATIAL DATA
    3. INTEGRATED ANALYTICAL FUNCTIONS IN A GIS
    4. NEIGHBOURHOOD OPERATIONS
  7. CHAPTER 6: IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES AND STRATEGIES
    1. CURRENT OPTIONS AND SOFTWARE ASSESSMENT
    2. JUSTIFICATION AND EXPECTATIONS
    3. IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES
  8. CHAPTER 7: DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS
    1. NEW DATA SOURCES
    2. HARDWARE DEVELOPMENTS
    3. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENTS