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[techbooks] REVIEW: "GIS Standards and Standardization: A Handbook", UNESCAP

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKGISSSH.RVW 990506 GIS Standards and Standardization: A Handbook , UNESCAP, 1998, 92-1-119830-5 %A United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 29, 1999
      BKGISSSH.RVW 990506

      "GIS Standards and Standardization: A Handbook", UNESCAP, 1998,
      %A United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
      %C New York
      %D 1998
      %G 92-1-119830-5
      %I United Nations
      %P 124 p.
      %T "GIS Standards and Standardization: A Handbook"

      The preface was written by an executive bureaucrat, so it doesn't say
      much. In fact, the entire book seems to have a rather high verbiage
      to concept ratio.

      Chapter one looks at the (very short) history and (very vague) theory
      of geographic information systems (GIS). Beyond the idea that it
      involves information with some spatial component, not much is said.
      Toward the end of the chapter there is a brief discussion of the
      purpose of the book, but the stated purpose is simply to aid readers
      in understanding GIS standards. An examination of the notion of
      standards is contained in chapter two, which gets very abstruse in
      places. The GIS "infrastructure," referred to in chapter three,
      lists, without much overall structure, a variety of standards bodies.
      More detailed descriptions of specific GIS standards bodies and groups
      are given in chapter four. While this begins to examine the
      geographic information system topic, there is still no technical
      material at all. Finally, chapter five does start to look at
      standards, and even here, half the chapter is spent on hardware
      platforms, with the remaining material given over to a listing, with
      little description, of a variety of mapping program formats. We are
      basically told to educate ourselves in chapter six.

      Aside from the list of working groups in chapter four, and the list of
      programs in the latter part of chapter five, I see very little content
      in this book to be of use to anyone. (For the first time, it appears
      that both Amazon and Chapters agree with me: neither of them lists the
      book at all. Barnes and Noble does list the volume, but only as a
      special order.)

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKGISSSH.RVW 990506

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