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URL :  Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice: An Introduction to GIS
Author : Yiping Fang - Vivek Shandas - Eugenio Arriaga
Detail : 2014| PDF | 9.3 Mb | 61 pages

eBook License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

The goals of this textbook are to help students acquire the technical skills of using software and managing a database, and develop research skills of collecting data, analyzing information and presenting results.

We emphasize that the need to investigate the potential and practicality of GIS technologies in a typical planning setting and evaluate its possible applications. GIS may not be necessary (or useful) for every planning application, and we anticipate these readings to provide the necessary foundation for discerning its appropriate use.

Therefore, this textbook attempt to facilitate spatial thinking focusing more on open-ended planning questions, which require judgment and exploration, while developing the analytical capacity for understanding a variety of local and regional planning challenges. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Defining a Geographic Information System - Coordinate Systems and Projecting GIS Data - Topology and Creating Data - Mapping People with Census Data - Lying with Maps - To Standardize or Not to Standardize? - Geographic Considerations in Planning Practice - Manipulating GIS Data - Raster Data Models - The Future of GIS.
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