David J. Buckley


…affiliation of the author at the time of writing the GIS Primer—


Currently Vice President, GIS Solutions

Data Transfer Solutions, Tel: 905.727.8352; email:

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The GIS Primer provides an overview of issues and requirements for implementing and applying geographic information systems technology.


This primer focuses on practical issues concerned with the responsible implementation and application of GIS technology. The primer is directed for those with limited exposure to GIS. It is intended purely as in introductory text with an emphasis on identifying and clearly illustrating fundamental concepts in GIS applications.


Table of Contents


Purpose of this Book

About the Author

The Nature of Geographic Information

Fundamental GIS Concepts

Data Sources and Data Input Techniques

Data Organization and Storage

Data Manipulation and Analysis

Sample Applications and Examples

Implementation Strategies and Issues

Technology Developments and Trends


Introductory References
(from ESRI's web site)

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