You can find your own way

An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Second edition - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. First edition

A wide range of texts support courses in geographic information systems (GIS), and these books are good examples.

Kang-tsung Chang's text is comprehensive yet detailed in technical issues. For the advanced student, or professional users, it is one of the best books available. Each topic is associated with well-chosen exercises using data from an accompanying CD. The book is clearly aimed at US users of ArcView. The CD contains ArcView software and data for the exercises with little mention of competing systems. The UK Ordnance Survey is not mentioned.

Ian Heywood et al' s book is best suited for undergraduate education rather than training, and is designed to interest the average student, with cartoons and visual representations of GIS processes. The quality of the production and choice of illustrations are outstanding, as is the accompanying website.

Anyone running a training course in the use of ArcView in North America will find Chang's book an excellent choice. Anyone introducing GIS in an undergraduate course in the UK should opt for Heywood et al.

David Walker is an honorary research fellow in geography, Loughborough University.

 

An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. Second edition

Author - Ian Heywood, Sarah Cornelius and Steve Carver
ISBN - 0 13 061198 0
Publisher - Prentice Hall
Price - £24.99
Pages - 295

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Featured Jobs

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Woman taking homeopathic medicine

Alternative treatments in healthcare plan is latest in a series of homeopathy-related controversies

  • Man lying beneath rugby pile-up

Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

  • Zygmunt Bauman with hand over mouth

Eminent sociologist has recycled 90,000 words of material across a dozen books, claims paper

  • Foot about to step on banana peel

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)

Phil Baty explains why hundreds of research papers will not be considered when compiling the next Times Higher Education rankings