This landmark text captures and redefines the richness and diversity of GIS, in an accessible form. It presents a clearly-defined path to a world of learning about GIS, using the Internet and closely-couples reference sources. It is richly produced and illustrated unlike any other in the field, with over 300 full colour illustrations.

Unique in several ways, it presents comprehensive treatments of:

  • Geographic Information Science – the scientific context to GIS, technical content and geographic implications
  • The real value of GIS – illustrated using real world applications. Treatments emphasize operational, tactical and strategic issues
  • The impact of Internet GIS on interdisciplinary science and society
  • The pivotal role of GIS as a business driver in the information age – including the role of GIS as a business asset and the operational dynamics of its use in practice 

    Learning resources include:

  • Links to ESRI’s Virtual Campus which includes modules specially written to accompany the book (http://campus.esri.com)
  • Instructor’s Manual to assist in the planning and use of this text in a variety of academic environments (http://www.wiley.co.uk/gis)
  • Free on-line access to relevant chapters of the first edition of the two-volume ‘Big Book 1’ (http://www.wiley.co.uk/gis)
  • Questions for further study at the end of each chapter (http://www.wiley.co.uk/gis)
  • Powerpoint slides to assist teaching

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