Harvey Publishes New GIS Primer From publisher’s website
A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts, by Francis Harvey, University of Minnesota, has just been published by Guilford Press.
This pragmatic book introduces key concepts and skills to prepare students to understand and use GIS. The text thoroughly explains what geographic information is, how it is represented and analyzed, and what it communicates about human and environmental activities and events that take place on our planet. Basic principles of map making and map reading are integrated with discussions of relevant information technologies and applications.
Written in an accessible style, the text is organized into four parts that can be used in any sequence in entry-level and more specialized GIS courses. User-friendly features include practical examples and exercises, engaging vignettes, and helpful Internet resources.
I. Communication and Geographic Understanding 1. Goals of Cartography and GI: Representation and Communication 2. Choices in How to Make Representations 3. GI and Cartography Issues
II. Principles of GI and Cartography 4. Projections 5. Locational and Coordinate Systems 6. Databases, Cartography, and GI 7. Surveying, GPS, Digitization 8. Remote Sensing 9. Positions, Networks, Fields, and Transformations
III. Advanced Issues in GI and Cartography 10. Cartographic Representation 11. Map Cultures, Misuses, and GI 12. Administration of Spaces
IV. GI Analysis: Understanding Our World 13. GI Analysis and GIS 14. Geostatistics 15. Futures of GIS
This 309 page book is available in paperback for $50.00, and in hardcover for $84.00.