GIS : A Computing Perspective

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A GIS is at the heart of a special kind of computer-based information system which is designed to handle data spatially referenced to to geographic locations on the Earth. From a computing perspective, a GIS may be viewed as a software system mounted on a hardware platform, supplied with appropriate data, for use by people. The software and hardware should match each other, and together support a range of user requirements.In this comprehensive and exciting book, Michael Worboys clearly sets out the principles of GIS in the general context of computing, setting and answering the fundamental question, 'What is special about spatial information?' The book follows a path which begins with high-level conceptualizations of spatial information and then progresses downwards through computer-based spatial models and structures to the architectures and interfaces of the machines which support the GIS. It covers, 'inter alia', topics of current research interest - including 3D GIS, spatio-temporal GIS, and knowledge-based approaches to GIS. The book concludes with a comprehensive bibliography and references. This book is one of our best-selling GIS titles. It provides a solid computing approach to GIS. It is specially written for undergraduates and readers from all backgrounds. For this book deep technical knowledge is not more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 155 x 234mm | 453g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0748400648
  • 9780748400645

Table of contents

1.Introduction 2. Fundamental Database Concepts 3. Fundamental Spatial Concepts 4. Models of Spatial Information 5. Representations and Algorithms 6. Structures and Access Methods 7. Architectures and Interfaces 8. Next Generation Systemsshow more

About Michael F. Worboys

Worboys; M. F. University of Maine, Orono, USA,show more

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