ISBN-10:
0262512521
ISBN-13:
9780262512527
Pub. Date:
01/23/2009
Publisher:
MIT Press
Georeferencing: The Geographic Associations of Information

Georeferencing: The Geographic Associations of Information

by Linda L. Hill

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Overview

An introduction to the principles of unified georeferencing, which uses placename and geospatial referencing interchangeably across all types of information storage and retrieval systems.

Georeferencing—relating information to geographic location—has been incorporated into today's information systems in various ways. We use online services to map our route from one place to another; science, business, and government increasingly use geographic information systems (GIS) to hold and analyze data. Most georeferenced information searches using today's information systems are done by text query. But text searches for placenames fall short—when, for example, a place is known by several names (or by none). In addition, text searches don't cover all sources of geographic data; maps are traditionally accessed only through special indexes, filing systems, and agency contacts; data from remote sensing images or aerial photography is indexed by geospatial location (mathematical coordinates such as longitude and latitude). In this book, Linda Hill describes the advantages of integrating placename-based and geospatial referencing, introducing an approach to "unified georeferencing" that uses placename and geospatial referencing interchangeably across all types of information storage and retrieval systems.

After a brief overview of relevant material from cognitive psychology on how humans perceive and respond to geographic space, Hill introduces the reader to basic information about geospatial information objects, concepts of geospatial referencing, the role of gazetteer data, the ways in which geospatial referencing has been included in metadata structures, and methods for the implementation of geographic information retrieval (GIR). Georeferencing will be a valuable reference for librarians, archivists, scientific data managers, information managers, designers of online services, and any information professional who deals with place-based information.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262512527
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/23/2009
Series: Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Linda L. Hill is Specialist, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara (retired).

What People are Saying About This

Tom Moritz

With Georeferencing, Linda Hill caps a distinguished career with a book that will become a benchmark for future studies of the topic. Within the Semantic Web framework, rigorous georeferencing will necessarily be a first-order service across most domains of knowledge. This is a major contribution to the entire digital-library community.

Allen Carroll

Linda Hill, one of the planet's authorities on the subject of attaching information to place, has produced the definitive work on georeferencing. Organized, written, and illustrated with great clarity, her book is an indispensable reference for anyone seeking to organize and access content by geography.

Ray R. Larson

This book is a valuable contribution to the growing literature on geographic information retrieval, and deserves a place on the shelf of anyone working in GIR or geographically based digital libraries.

Endorsement

With Georeferencing, Linda Hill caps a distinguished career with a book that will become a benchmark for future studies of the topic. Within the Semantic Web framework, rigorous georeferencing will necessarily be a first-order service across most domains of knowledge. This is a major contribution to the entire digital-library community.

Tom Moritz, Associate Director and Chief of Knowledge Management, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

From the Publisher

With Georeferencing , Linda Hill caps a distinguished career with a book that will become a benchmark for future studies of the topic. Within the Semantic Web framework, rigorous georeferencing will necessarily be a first-order service across most domains of knowledge. This is a major contribution to the entire digital-library community.

Tom Moritz , Associate Director and Chief of Knowledge Management, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

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