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Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science

Encyclopedia of Geographic Information Science

Edited by:
  • Karen Kemp - University of Southern California, USA

July 2012 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Geographic information science (GIS) is an emerging field that combines aspects of many different disciplines. As a result, GIS literature is spread widely across the academic spectrum and the vocabulary is an amalgam of all of these fields. Often, given the specialized disciplinary orientations of authors, some expectation of foundational knowledge is assumed in much of the literature, making it difficult for readers from different disciplines to understand the full context of what they are reading.

The Encyclopedia of Geographical Information Science provides a condensed but rich resource about themes broadly across the field. It also provides details about the key foundations of GIS, no matter what their disciplinary origins, and is, therefore, an important resource for both academic and corporate libraries.

Key Themes:

- Conceptual Foundations

- Cartography and visualisation

- Design aspects

- Data modeling

- Data manipulation

- Geocomputation

- Geospatial data

- Societorial Issues

- Spatial analysis

- Organizational and institutional aspects

"Most of the topics in this encyclopedia will remain important for years to come. Many of the topics here are germane to geography such as the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem, spatial autocorrelation, mental maps, and scale. For these reasons as well as for its sheer readability and usefulness, I believe that this book will serve as a practical reference for geography and GIS educators, practitioners, and university students long into the future. It's not a reference for taking up space on the shelf, but one for the top of the desk, to be referred to often."

By Dr. Joseph J. Kerski, ESRI Education Manager

Karen K. Kemp

Karen K. Kemp is Professor of the Practice of Spatial Science at the University of Southern California where she teaches in the online Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Programsprograms. Since the late 1980s, Kemp has been a major figure in the evolution of GIS education. She coedited the 1990 National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) Core Curriculum in GIS and was on the editorial team for the 2006 UCGIS Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge. After completing her PhD in 1992 at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), under M. F. Goodchild, she held positions at... More About Author

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