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Reviews Time-integrative geographic information systems: management and analysis of spatio-temporal



Space and time have always been a part of our existence even though we tended to perceive and analyze them separately. The integration of time in predominantly spatially driven and static geographical information systems (GIS) has been biased towards theoretical concepts rather than practical solutions. This book by Ott and Swiaczny provides a new addition to the small but growing collection of textbooks that are available on temporal GIS. Time-integrative Geographic Information Systems is an attempt to summarize the existing solutions to conceptualizing and implementing time in GIS, with the aim of providing practical guidelines to those who did not have the opportunity to explore the theoretical background of the field. An overview of existing spatial concepts in GIS is presented, together with current barriers that limit the full integration of the time dimension in GIS. Eight chapters covering both theory and applications, an appendix, and a CD-ROM form the main contents of the book. A particularly useful resource if readers accept the open invitation to join, is the online forum at the authors ' websit

Year: 2009
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