GIS is much more than just software and hardware. You need data, training, space, personnel, funding, technical support, and many other elements that work together to make your GIS function properly. Your organization must undergo fundamental changes in the way it functions, both in its internal and external interactions. You can make these changes extremely positive, if you incorporate GIS effectively. The guidelines in this chapter help you ensure that when your organization adopts GIS, the benefit outweighs the cost.
Maps are the traditional output from GIS, but not everyone is well-versed in reading maps. The ultimate goal of GIS is to communicate results. GIS has many ways to communicate results that are not purely cartographic. Check out a few of these methods so that you’re ready to deliver your GIS output to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
Networks are collections of connected linear objects such as roads, railroads, or rivers that branch from place to place. They come in different sizes, numbers of branchings, and angular configurations.
Michael DeMers is an Associate Professor of Geography at New Mexico State University and has been teaching GIS-related courses since 1983. The author of Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (4th Edition), translated into both Russian and Chinese, and GIS Modeling in Raster, currently being translated into Arabic.
The author thinks GIS is some of the most exciting software to come along in ages, and he wants to get the reader as excited about the possibilities GIS offers as he is. The book gives you a big picture look at GIS – everything from the parts that make up the systems to the spatial information products that the systems produce. Continue reading GIS For Dummies – Michael N. DeMers