GIS for Dummies - Making Everything Easier
"GIS for Dummies" by Michael N. DeMers is a beginner's guide to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. The book is divided into six parts, each covering different aspects of GIS.
In Part I, DeMers introduces readers to GIS and its scope. He explains how GIS technology enhances geographic data and how it can be used to solve real-world problems. Chapter 1 gives an overview of GIS, while Chapter 2 delves into how maps show information. Chapter 3 discusses how to read, analyze, and interpret maps.
In Part II, DeMers explores how GIS technology has transformed geography. Chapter 4 covers creating a conceptual model, while Chapter 5 focuses on GIS data models. Chapter 6 discusses data descriptions, and Chapter 7 covers managing multiple maps. Chapter 8 is dedicated to gathering and digitizing geographic data.
Part III covers retrieving, counting, and characterizing geography. Chapter 9 covers finding information in raster systems, while Chapter 10 focuses on finding features in vector systems. Chapter 11 discusses searching for geographic objects, distributions, and groups.
Part IV covers analyzing geographic patterns. Chapter 12 covers measuring distance, and Chapter 13 discusses working with statistical surfaces. Chapter 14 delves into exploring topographical surfaces, and Chapter 15 focuses on working with networks. Chapter 16 covers comparing multiple maps, and Chapter 17 covers map algebra and model building.
Part V covers GIS output and application. Chapter 18 focuses on producing cartographic output, while Chapter 19 covers generating non-cartographic output. Chapter 20 discusses how GIS is used in organizations.
Part VI is dedicated to the "Part of Tens," which includes lists of top GIS software vendors, questions to ask potential vendors, and GIS data sources.
Overall, "GIS for Dummies" is a comprehensive introduction to GIS technology for beginners. It covers a wide range of topics, from basic map interpretation to complex spatial analysis. The book is easy to read and provides practical examples and illustrations to help readers understand the concepts.