A PRIMER OF GIS - FUNDAMENTAL GEOGRAPHIC AND CARTOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS
The book is divided into four parts, starting with "Communication and Geographic Understanding" in Part I, which comprises three chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the goals of cartography and geographic information (GI) regarding representation and communication. Chapter 2 focuses on choices in making representations, exploring the different techniques and approaches that cartographers and GI experts use to convey information. Chapter 3 delves into the issues that arise in GI and cartography, such as accuracy, scale, and complexity.
Part II, "Principles of GI and Cartography," is made up of six chapters. Chapter 4 covers projections, the methods by which we map the Earth's curved surface onto a flat map. Chapter 5 looks at locational and coordinate systems, which are essential for accurate spatial representation. Chapter 6 deals with databases, cartography, and geographic information, examining the relationship between data storage and cartographic representation. Chapter 7 covers surveying, GPS, and digitization, which are crucial for creating accurate maps and spatial datasets. Chapter 8 explores remote sensing, which involves collecting data from satellites and other sensors to create spatial datasets.
Part III, "Advanced Issues in GI and Cartography," includes three chapters. Chapter 10 focuses on cartographic representation, covering the design principles and techniques for creating effective maps. Chapter 11 discusses map cultures, misuses, and GI, looking at the social and cultural implications of cartography and GI. Chapter 12 covers the administration of spaces, examining the role of cartography and GI in land-use planning and other administrative contexts.
Finally, Part IV, "GI Analysis: Understanding Our World," contains two chapters. Chapter 13 covers GI analysis and GIS, which involves using spatial data to explore relationships and patterns. Chapter 14 looks at geostatistics, a statistical approach used in GI analysis. Chapter 15 concludes the book by discussing the future of GIS, looking at emerging technologies and trends in the field.