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  • Title: Nature of Geographic Information Systems
  • Author(s) David DiBiase, with contributions by James L. Sloan II, Ryan Baxter, Wesley Stroh, Beth Fletcher King, and many students.
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University. BCcampus Open Textbook Project; eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
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  • Language: English
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Book Description

The purpose of this text is to promote understanding of the Geographic Information Science and Technology enterprise (GIS&T, also known as 'geospatial'). It explores the nature of geographic information.

To study the nature of something is to investigate its essential characteristics and qualities. To understand the nature of the energy produced in a coal-fired power plant, one should study the properties, morphology, and geographic distribution of coal. By the same reasoning, the author believes that a good approach to understanding the information produced by GIS is to investigate the properties of geographic data and the technologies and institutions that produce it.

About the Authors
  • David DiBiase, Senior Lecturer, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, and Director of Education, Industry Solutions, Esri.
About the Contributors
  • James L. Sloan II, Senior Lecturer, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute.
  • Ryan Baxter, Senior Research Assistant, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute.
  • Beth Fletcher King, Senior Lecturer, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute and Assistant Program Manager for Online Geospatial Education, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
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