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Geographic information
Johnson, Jenny Marie.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 216 pages : maps ; 29 cm.
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G116 .J64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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From simple road maps to advanced global-position satellite (GPS) technology, geographic information is essential in today's world. As a result of computers, the Internet, and satellite technology, geographic information is expanding in both quantity and type. Businesses, scientists, travelers, and countless others rely heavily on accurate, up-to-date geographic information. This book is a unique, timesaving, and easy-to-use reference, steering users through the massive amount of geographic information available from a wide range of sources and providing tips on how to use them effectively and efficiently in real-world research.

Topics include map basics, finding place names, general geography works, general and thematic atlases, special format maps, aerial photography, remotely sensed images, and more. This book provides an accessible overview of the important, emerging field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer systems capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information. Also included is information on geographical standards, organizations, instructional resources, commercial publications, and careers in geography.

Whether researching a specific location or a general topic, collecting antiquarian maps, or having an interest in learning how to use geographic tools from topographical maps to nautical charts, this book is a must-have reference.

Author Notes

JENNY MARIE JOHNSON is Map and Geography Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the Association of American Geographers and the Map and Geography Round Table of the American Library Association.

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Part of Greenwood's "How to Find It, How to Use It" series, Johnson's volume intends to make geographic information more accessible to nonspecialist librarians and students. Resources are organized primarily by format rather than region (unlike World Mapping Today, ed. by R.B. Parry and C.R. Perkins, CH, May'88) or systematic approach (e.g., geomorphology, historical geography). Most of the 12 chapters describe fundamental sources in formats such as general atlases, aerial photographs, gazetteers, and topographic maps. Special chapters treat geographic information systems and map basics, and there are sections on geographic careers, curricula, people, and quotations. Especially useful bibliographies that include online sources are given at the end of each chapter. New and changed links for online sources are kept up to date at . Sample charts and images are included where appropriate. Johnson is a practicing map and geography librarian. The index is somewhat limited and must be used in conjunction with the table of contents to locate sources within the book. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic and public libraries. G. N. Pattillo University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Everything Happens Somewhere General Works Map Basics Finding Place
Names Earth's Ups and Downs Special Format Maps General Atlases
Thematic Atlases Antiquarian Materials and the History of Cartography
Aerial Photographs and Remotely Sensed Images
Geographic Information Systems Geography Standards and the Curricula