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An Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems : Spatial Information Systems - William E. Huxhold

An Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems

Spatial Information Systems

Paperback Published: 21st March 1991
ISBN: 9780195065350
Number Of Pages: 376

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A nuts-and-bolts introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), this book outlines the basic concepts and diverse uses of this technology in a local government environment. Emphasizing the value of integrating data from various sources, the book provides a set of tools for improving the way public services are delivered, resources are managed, and policy decisions are made. Rather than stressing the computer technology that is so rapidly changing in the GIS industry, this book concentrates on the concepts upon which this technology is based: information systems design, computer-aided mapping, topological data structures, geographic base files, and land records systems. It also provides the latest information on the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER files and the Global Positioning Satellite System established by the U.S. Department of Defense. Special features include fourteen case studies, a chapter describing the enormous effort required to set up and manage a typical GIS project, and an appendix on who is using GIS technology and how it is being used. Whether they run the GIS or help run the government, readers of An Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems will learn efficient and effective methods for improving the impact that local government has on its citizens.

Industry Reviews

"This text is a very good introductory guide for surveyors. It covers all technical aspects of a GIS by municipalities."--Indrajith Wijayratne, Michigan Tech University "Solid work!"--John Morris, University of Texas at San Antonio "An excellent book and the best I have found as a text for a college course. The author has obviously had many years experience in his field."--P. Boniface, California State Polytech University "An excellent text for urban GIS. I especially like the Milwaukee examples and list of applications elsewhere. I use the exercises a great deal."--William Craig, University of Minnesota "Good basic introduction to urban GIS plan to use in marketing and sales forecasting for retail locations."--James H. Underwood, University of Southwestern Louisiana "Huxhold will become a recommended text for students who are focusing on urban applications."--Dueker/URISA Journal "Excellent examples and case studies!"--Donna Buckey, University of Kansas "A good introduction to basic concepts and definitions of GIS....Provides a good set of exercises to test understanding of the concepts introduced."--Public Administration Review "Testimony to the successful implementation of GIS documented for a single city, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin....Superb....Although limited to one city, its exercises and description of this system demonstrates real applications and make a case for long term commitment to GIS for the improvement of local governments and public access to information of the cities we all share as principal living spaces."--International Journal of Geographical Information Systems "If a student of city planning, geography, or urban administration reads only one book related to urban geographic information systems, I would heartily recommend this one. It also deserves to be read by others interested in doing urban GIS."--Urisa Journal "Perhaps the most practical explanation of how it is actually done. Very good"--David W. Gibson, University of Florida "Very readable....Each chapter ends with a number of suggested exercises that reinforce that chapter's main points. Professors and professionals alike will find these exercises very useful....Chapter 7 should be required reading for any city agency hoping to implement a GIS. Huxhold clearly spells out the technical and political processes that a city will need to go through to make GIS a reality."--Geo Info Systems "Intended as a textbook, with exercises at the end of each chapter, but it is eminently readable for a general audience."--Journal of the American Planning Association "A text that will set the pace in GIS. The organization is logical and topics selected will allow instructors and students to not only gain insight into the emerging field of GIS but stimulate their thinking in greater levels of application."--Darrel McDonald, Stephen F. Austin State University "By far the best book on the market as far as urban applications of GIS, this book also has a large portion covered of essential background to all GIS users. I am delighted that it is finally available as a text."--Earl J. Bell, University of Washington "Provides a good intro to G.I.S. The illustrations and graphics provide a great help to visualizing the concepts."--James A. Segedy, Ball State University "One of the first bokos to apply GIS technology in an urban context...Covers the essential elements for an Urban GIS course....Can serve as a good supplementary reader for use in courses on GIS, as well as for practicing professionals in urban management and planning."--Madhusudana Rao, Bridgewater State College "Superb book."--Art Morin, Fort Hays State University "Very useful to teach and learn geographic information as applied to urban and regional planning. A super text for urban planning."--Chris Shove, University of Oklahoma "Conceptually well organized, profusely illustrated, intelligently written and substantively complete...Will be a welcome resource in courses on GIS applications."--Philip C. Emmi, University of Utah "Likely to be the most lucid, well-defined, and graphically illustrated book on spatial information for years to come. Applications are for the non-technical and the beginner, providing a solid foundation from which the introductory student can readily build."--Wilbur A. Steger, Carnegie Mellon University "Not only the first text in this large area of the GIS field, it will also be a very high standard for later efforts to measure up to."--Robert F. Wiseman, University of Kansas "Looks like the book on urban GIS I have been awaiting for several years. It is very nicely done."--Earl J. Bell, University of Washington "Excellent intro text to urban GIS applications....Perfect for city planning courses covering GIS."--C.A. Keithley, Kansas State University "Huxhold's text is a carefully developed primer. . . .for an undergraduate provides a very well-written work." --The Times Higher Education Supplement "A book that anyone who works with GIS technology will want on his or her bookshelf....Huxhold has been able to synthesize a relatively complex technology into a concise and easily understood text."--Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

Information in the organization
Geographic information systems defined
Applications of geographic information systems
Topological data structures
Geographic base files
Land records information
The model urban GIS project
Applications digest
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ISBN: 9780195065350
ISBN-10: 0195065352
Series: Spatial Information Systems
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 21st March 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57