Preface to First Edition


Part I: Basic Concepts of GIS

Chapter 1: Some Concepts That Underpin GIS

You Ask: “What Is GIS About?”

And So You Ask Again: “What Is GIS About?”

More of What GIS Is About

Next Steps: Seemingly Independent Things You Need to Know

Determining Where Something Is: Coordinate Systems

Determining Where Something Is: Latitude and Longitude

Geodesy, Coordinate Systems, Geographic Projections, and Scale

Projected Coordinate Systems

Geographic vs. Projected Coordinates: A Comparison

Two Projected Coordinate Systems: UTM and State Plane

Physical Dimensionality

Global Positioning Systems

Remote Sensing

Relational Databases

Searching (and Indexing) in General

Another Definition of GIS

Computer Software: In General


Understanding the File Structure for the Exercises

Anatomy of the ArcCatalog Window

Setting Some Options

The Catalog Tree

Connecting to a Folder

The Toolbars and the Status Bar

An Optional Step

Exploring Basic GIS Data Storage Models

Copying Data over to Your Personal Folder

Examining the Table

Deriving Information from the Table

Sorting the Records

Finding Values in a Table

Identifying Geographic Features and Coordinates

Looking at GeoGraphics

A First Look at Metadata

Using ArcCatalog to Place Data in ArcMap

Using the Area on the Disk for Your Own Work

Copying Data over to Your Personal IGIS Folder

Searching for GIS Data

Exploring Soils

But Something Is Missing

Is the Newly Found Data Applicable?

Making ...

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