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GIS : A Computing Perspective, Second Edition - Michael F. Worboys


A Computing Perspective, Second Edition

Hardcover Published: 11th May 2004
ISBN: 9780415283755
Number Of Pages: 448

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GIS: A Computing Perspective, Second Edition, provides a full, up-to-date overview of the state-of-the-art in GIS, both Geographic Information Systems and the study of these systems-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:
There is also 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

Introductionp. 1
What is a GIS?p. 1
GIS functionalityp. 5
Data and databasesp. 16
Hardware supportp. 24
Fundamental database conceptsp. 35
Introduction to databasesp. 35
Relational databasesp. 43
Database developmentp. 55
Object-orientationp. 71
Fundamental spatial conceptsp. 83
Euclidean spacep. 84
Set-based geometry of spacep. 90
Topology of spacep. 99
Network spacesp. 117
Metric spacesp. 123
Endnote on fractal geometryp. 127
Models of geospatial informationp. 133
Modeling and ontologyp. 133
The modeling processp. 135
Field-based modelsp. 140
Object-based modelsp. 151
Representation and algorithmsp. 167
Computing with geospatial datap. 168
The discrete Euclidean planep. 172
The spatial object domainp. 177
Representations of field-based modelsp. 187
Fundamental geometric algorithmsp. 194
Vectorization and rasterizationp. 207
Network representation and algorithmsp. 211
Structures and access methodsp. 221
General database structures and access methodsp. 221
From one to two dimensionsp. 229
Raster structuresp. 234
Point object structuresp. 240
Linear objectsp. 248
Collections of objectsp. 250
Spherical data structuresp. 255
Architecturesp. 259
Hybrid, integrated, and composable architecturesp. 260
Syntactic and semantic heterogeneityp. 262
Distributed systemsp. 266
Distributed databasesp. 273
Location-aware computingp. 278
Interfacesp. 293
Human-computer interactionp. 293
Cartographic interfacesp. 301
Geovisualizationp. 305
Developing GIS interfacesp. 316
Spatial reasoning and uncertaintyp. 323
Formal aspects of spatial reasoningp. 323
Information and uncertaintyp. 328
Qualitative approaches to uncertaintyp. 340
Quantitative approaches to uncertaintyp. 349
Applications of uncertainty in GISp. 353
Timep. 359
Introduction: "A brief history of time"p. 360
Temporal information systemsp. 367
Spatiotemporal information systemsp. 371
Indexes and queriesp. 374
Cinema relational database examplep. 383
Acronyms and abbreviationsp. 387
Bibliographyp. 391
Indexp. 413
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ISBN: 9780415283755
ISBN-10: 0415283752
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 11th May 2004
Publisher: CRC PR INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.16 x 18.75  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.99
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition