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Book Review

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Map Use – Reading and Analysis

Map Use: Reading and Analysis is about reading maps. The book is oriented toward helping people to understand how maps work and can be used to communicate. Where other cartographic books often describe techniques alone, this book provides explanations on how different map techniques are being used. That process ensures that readers begin to think

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Designing Geodatabases for Transportation

Transportation networks are highly spatial in nature and dependent upon a high level of planning in their design, operation and maintenance. Accordingly, they are well suited to geographical information systems (GIS) tools. While we tend to think of transport networks in a continuous fashion, primarily to get us from Point A to Point B, these

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

GIS for A-level Geography

Students and teachers are constantly searching for new and useful geographical information system (GIS) educational materials. While many GIS concepts are universal and apply around the world, instructional material that contains localised content is in greater demand – people learn more quickly and identify with educational material they are familiar with. GIS for A-level Geography is

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

The 3-D Global Spatial Data Model

  The development of a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure requires the integration of spatial information from a wide number of actors using different technologies through space and time. This fusion of geoinformation poses unique representation challenges because the requirements for 3-D representation are different than traditional 2-D representation. Earl F. Burkholder is the author of

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Cultural Landscape: Assessment, Protection, Shaping

Cultural Landscape: Assessment, Protection, Shaping is the first monograph volume in a series as part of the international project “Protecting Historical Cultural Landscapes to Strengthen Regional Identities and Local Economies” and is partially funded by the European Union Programme INTERREG III B CADSES. The volume is edited by Jozef Hernik and Jacek M. Pijanowski and

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Understanding Dynamics of Geographic Domains

Geographic dynamics is concerned with the study and application of geographic information from creation through to geocomputation and visualisation.  A group from the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) met with intelligence and non-government participants. That workshop resulted in the book Understanding Dynamics of Geographic Domains, a collection of articles edited by Kathleen Stewart Hornsby and

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Designed Maps – A Sourcebook for GIS Users

Maps can communicate information and help people to understand places, processes and people in different geographical locations. The most effective maps are designed and include several cartographic elements. Designed Maps provides numerous helpful clues for users to create more effective and useful maps and several examples using different techniques are included.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Analyzing Urban Poverty

When I picked up this book I did not know what to expect. It is not a topic that is often discussed or written about. Authors Rosario C. Giusti de Perez and Ramon A. Perez take us on a journey inside the world of urban development for developing nations. As two of the earliest users

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Cartographic Relief Representation

Swiss Cartographer Eduard Imhof’s classic Cartographic Relief Representation was first published in Deutsche in 1965. It was translated to English 25 years ago, but has remained difficult to find since going out of print. Teaching at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, his teachings and the contents of the book remain useful to present

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Geospatial Analysis

Lars Brodersen reviews the book Geospatial Analysis by authors Michael J de Smith, Michael F Goodchild and Paul A Longley. “What a book! Whether you are just a little bit interested in spatial analysis, or you are interested on a general level, or even very interested as specialist, this is a good book to own.

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