In today’s world – the flow of information, especially digital information, has become the critical ingredient for success in any activity. That is why the period we live in is often referred to as an information age, where GIS Basics, ArcGIS Pro Basic, ArcGIS Desktop Basic, QGIS Basics, and ArcGIS Basics play essential roles.
It is a simple fact that everything human beings do takes place at a certain location on the earth – it has a geographic component, although we tend not to think about it much. The digital information revolution of the late twentieth century has allowed this geographic information to be more easily accessed, analyzed, and used than ever before. This led to the development of GIS as a discipline and the emergence of GIS as a core of digital technology.
The technology of GIS is spread over the domain of several disciplines such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Remote Sensing, Environmental Sciences, and of course Geography. Similarly, diverse is the list of its applications – Commerce, Governance, Planning, Academic Research, and Basics of Remote Sensing and GIS. These application areas are also growing and expanding every day due to its power and vast possibilities.
Traditionally, the discipline of Geography dealt with spatial description and analysis. Now in the era of multidisciplinary approach, students, researchers, professionals from different disciplines find their way into the emerging discipline of GIS making it popular.
The rapid expansion and popularization of GIS means that now GIS is not just for specialists, but for everyone, including those interested in GIS Professional Basics. However, these GIS users have different requirements. There are numerous amounts of GIS learning material available in the form of textbooks as well as posted on various websites. These literatures in general tend to be rather advanced and designed for specialists while requirements of GIS beginners are somewhat ignored.
The present book, GIS Basics, is an attempt to provide basic fundamentals of GIS for beginners. The book is evolved following the basic education approach, spreading onto three stages of learning. The first stage is about basic fundamentals, here development in technology instigating the learning processes are discussed. This is spread over first three chapters, which introduces the beginners to the GIS as a discipline, its history, development, and evolvement process. The second stage is about the scope of the field, here the emphasis is on issues of technological advancements and revolution in spatial learning and their basic concepts. In this section, four chapters (fourth to eighth) cover the breadth and also depth of GIS, here geographic data, nature, structure, source, and real-world models are elaborated. Lastly, the third stage of learning, where the approach works towards the development of critical thinking, using the knowledge base acquired from the earlier chapters. The last four chapters discuss geographic query, analysis, selection, and future of GIS, project design, and management.
For those looking to delve deeper into the world of GIS, additional resources like Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.8 4th Edition, Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro, Getting to Know Web GIS 5th Edition, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 9th Edition, and An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems provide further insights.
So, whether you are just beginning your journey into GIS or seeking to expand your knowledge, GIS Basics is your foundational guide. Explore the fascinating world of geographic information systems, and unlock the potential it holds for various applications with this comprehensive book. Whether you are a student, a professional, or simply someone curious about the field, this book aims to meet your needs. Discover the power of GIS through the lens of this book, and start your journey towards mastering ArcGIS Pro Basics and more.