Representations of Space and Time

Representations of Space and Time

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Recent advances in information technology have enabled scientists to generate unprecedented amounts of earth-related data, with tremendous potential for dealing with pressing social, economic, and environmental issues. Yet the volume and heterogeneity of available data clearly overwhelm traditional analytical approaches, as well as the human capacity to derive patterns and useful insights. This book examines how geospatial knowledge can be analyzed and represented in a manner that not only is accurate and coherent, but also makes intuitive sense to the end user. Integrating concepts and approaches from geography, computer science, cognitive psychology, and philosophy, Donna J. Peuquet explores the processes by which people acquire, represent, and utilize spatiotemporal knowledge. Arguing that the human user and the computer must be viewed as interrelated components of a single system, she provides principles and recommendations for improving the design of geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial modeling tools.
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  • Paperback
  • Guilford Publications
  • United States
  • English
  • 1138871508
  • 9781138871502

Table of contents

Part I: Theories of World Knowledge Representation. Introduction to Part I. Representation versus Reality. Acquiring World Knowledge: The Overall Process. Storing World Knowledge: Some Elements of Conceptual Structure. Acquiring World Knowledge through Direct Experience. From Observation to Understanding. Acquiring Geographic Knowledge through Indirect Experience. How Spatial Knowledge is Encoded. Part II: The Computer as a Tool for Storing and Acquiring Spatial Knowledge. Introduction to Part II. The Computer as Medium. Storing Geographic Data. A New Perspective for Geographic Database Representation. Interacting with Databases. Issues for Implementing Advanced Geographic Databases. Epilogue: Moving Forward.
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'This book is unique in capturing a full range of topics about managing geographic information in principle and practice. It examines how space and time have been understood from the Classical era to the present day, tracing the development of scientific methodologies and probing key epistemological and philosophical questions. A comprehensive review of computational approaches for handling space and time in computer data modeling brings these concepts down to earth. This book will be a useful reference for advanced GIS students as well as professionals who manage databases incorporating both space and time.' - Barbara P. Buttenfield, Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder
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