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Tangible Modeling with Open Source GIS

By Anna Petrasova, Brendan Harmon, Vaclav Petras, Payam Tabrizian, Helena Mitasova

2018 | Springer International Publishing
Copy Available: Yes

This book provides an overview of the latest developments in the fast growing field of tangible user interfaces.  It presents a new type of modeling environment where the users interact with geospatial data and simulations using 3D physical landscape ...

The National Atlas of Korea Vol. 2

By Various Authors

2017 | Korea NGII
Copy Available: Yes

Vol. 2 of the 5 separate volumes of The National Atlas of Korea published by Korea's National Geography Information Institute (NGII) in 2017. Vol. 2 (14 x 19 over 250 pages) covers physical geography and the environment.

Focus on Geodatabases in ArcGIS Pro

By David W. Allen 

2019 | Esri Press 
Copy Available: Yes

Focus on Geodatabases in ArcGIS Pro introduces readers to the geodatabase, the comprehensive information model for representing and managing geographic information across the ArcGIS platform.

Mapping the Archaeological Continuum: Filling 'Empty' Mediterranean Landscapes

By Stefano Campana

2018 | Springer
Copy Available: Yes

This is a true, hardcore archeology text. You have been warned. This book addresses the true 'landscape' perspective approach that archaeologists in Italy, and in many parts of the Mediterranean, use to study the archaeology of landscapes, marking a departure from the traditional site-based approach. The aim of the book is to promote the broader application of new paradigms for landscape analysis, combining traditional approaches with multidisciplinary studies as well as comparatively new techniques such as large-scale geophysical surveying, airborne laser scanning and geo-environmental studies. This approach has yielded tangible and striking results in central Italy, clearly demonstrating that identifying the 'archaeological continuum' is a realistic aim, even under the specific environmental and archaeological conditions of the Mediterranean world.

Fifty Maps and the Stories They Tell

By Jerry Brotton and Nick Millea

2019 | Bodleian Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press
Copy Available: Yes

The Bodleian Library’s map collection is a treasure trove of cartographic delights spanning more than a thousand years. This book features highlights from the collection together with rare artifacts and some stunning examples from twenty-first-century map-makers. Lavishly illustrated throughout, the book showcases a rich array: from military maps, digital cartograms, decorative portolan charts, and maps of heaven and hell; to a Siberian sealskin map and a twelfth-century Arabic map of the Mediterranean; to J. R. R. Tolkien’s cosmology of Middle-earth, C. S. Lewis’s map of Narnia, and a tapestry map by contemporary artist Grayson Perry. Each map is accompanied by a narrative revealing the story behind its creation and the significance of its design. The chronological arrangement highlights how the science and practice of cartography has changed over time and how this evolution reflects political and social transformations from century to century.

The Selden Map of China: A New Understanding of the Ming Dynasty

By Hongping Annie Nie

2019 | Bodleian Library, distributed by University of Chicago Press
Copy Available: Yes

Exploring the commercial aims of the Ming Dynasty, the port city of Quanzhou and its connections with the voyages of the early traveler Zheng He, this book describes the historical background of the era in which the map was used. It also includes an analysis of the skills and techniques involved in Chinese map-making and the significance of the compass bearings, scale, and ratios found on the map, all of which combine to represent a breakthrough in cartographic techniques. The enthralling story revealed by this extraordinary artifact sheds light on the long history of China’s relationship with the sea and with the wider world.