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GIS

A Computing Perspective, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Michael F. Worboys, Matt Duckham

CRC Press

448 pages | 261 B/W Illus.

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GIS: A Computing Perspective, Second Edition, provides a full, up-to-date overview of GIS, both Geographic Information Systems and the study of Geographic Information Science. Analyzing the subject from a computing perspective, the second edition explores conceptual and formal models needed to understand spatial information, and examines the representations and data structures needed to support adequate system performance. This volume also covers the special-purpose interfaces and architectures required to interact with and share spatial information, and explains the importance of uncertainty and time. The material on GIS architectures and interfaces as well as spatiotemporal information systems is almost entirely new.

The second edition contains substantial new information, and has been completely reformatted to improve accessibility. Changes include:

  • A new chapter on spatial uncertainty
  • Complete revisions of the bibliography, index, and supporting diagrams
  • Supplemental material is offset at the top of the page, as are references and links for further study
  • Definitions of new terms are in the margins of pages where they appear, with corresponding entries in the index

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

What is a GIS?

GIS Functionality

Data and Databases

Hardware Support

FUNDAMENTAL DATABASE CONCEPTS

Introduction to Databases

Relational Databases

Database Development

Object-Orientation

FUNDAMENTAL SPATIAL CONCEPTS

Euclidean Space

Set-Based Geometry of Space

Topology of Space

Network Spaces

Metric Spaces

Endnote on Fractal Geometry

MODELS OF GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION

Modeling and Ontology

The Modeling Process

Field-Based Models

Object-Based Models

REPRESENTATION AND ALGORITHMS

Computing with Geospatial Data

The Discrete Euclidean Plane

The Spatial Object Domain

Representations of Field-Based Models

Fundamental Geometric Algorithms

Vectorization and Rasterization

Network Representation and Algorithms

STRUCTURES AND ACCESS METHODS

General Database Structures and Access Methods

From One to Two Dimensions

Raster Structures

Point Object Structures

Linear Objects

Collections of Objects

Spherical Data Structures

ARCHITECTURES

Hybrid, Integrated, and Composable Architectures

Syntactic and Semantic Heterogeneity

Distributed Systems

Distributed Databases

Location-Aware Computing

INTERFACES

Human-Computer Interaction

Cartographic Interfaces

Geovisualization

Developing GIS Interfaces

SPATIAL REASONING AND UNCERTAINTY

Formal Aspects of Spatial Reasoning

Information and Uncertainty

Qualitative Approaches to Uncertainty

Quantitative Approaches to Uncertainty

Applications of Uncertainty in GIS

TIME

Introduction: A Brief History of Time

Temporal Information Systems

Spatiotemporal Information Systems

Indexes and Queries

Appendices

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM059000
COMPUTERS / Computer Engineering
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TEC036000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems