Excellent book presenting examples of GIS mapping used in business, schools, urban development, city needs, & more by students and adults. The book is excellently designed providing a vivid picture of the possibilities with GIS mapping. Highly recommended.
GIS Mapping Described
Bay Area Automated Mapping Associatin BAAMA
The USGS node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse is a component of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The Clearinghouse provides a pathway to find information about geospatial or spatially referenced data available from USGS. The information is in the form of metadata. Metadata or "data about data" describe the content, quality, condition, and other characteristics of data. Metadata are used to organize and maintain investments in data, to provide information to data catalogs and clearinghouses, and to aid data transfers. This site is maintained by the USGS in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).
What Is A Geographic Information System (GIS)?
A system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data which are spatially referenced to the Earth. (Chorley, 1987)
Automated systems for the capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of spatial data. (Clarke, 1990)
A system of hardware, software, and procedures designed to support the
An integrated package for the input, storage, analysis, and output of spatial information... analysis being the most significant. (Gaile and Willmott, 1989)
GIS are simultaneously the telescope, the microscope, the computer, and the xerox machine of regional analysis and synthesis of spatial data. (Abler, 1988)