Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice

An Introduction to GIS

by Yiping Fang, Vivek Shandas, Eugenio Arriaga

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Book Description

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 attempts 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. While this textbook provides the background for understanding the concepts in GIS as applicable to urban and regional planning, it is best when accompanied by a hands-on tutorial, which will enable readers to develop an in-depth understanding of the specific planning applications of GIS. In the end of each chapter, we also provided several discussion questions, together with contextual applications through some web links.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC). You can download Spatial Thinking in Planning Practice ebook for free in PDF format (9.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Defining a Geographic Information System
 
Chapter 2
Coordinate Systems and Projecting GIS Data
 
Chapter 3
Topology and Creating Data
 
Chapter 4
Mapping People with Census Data
 
Chapter 5
Lying with Maps
 
Chapter 6
To Standardize or Not to Standardize?
 
Chapter 7
Geographic Considerations in Planning Practice
 
Chapter 8
Manipulating GIS Data
 
Chapter 9
Raster Data Models
 
Chapter 10
The Future of GIS
 

Book Details

Publisher
Self-publishing
Published
2014
Pages
61
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13 Digital
9781312778986
ISBN10 Digital
1312778989
PDF Size
9.4 MB
License
CC BY-NC

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