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Geographical Information Systems: Trends and Technologies.


Geographical Information Systems: Trends and Technologies

Edited by Elaheh Pourabbas

CRC Press


347 pages




Geographical information systems are, and have been since their inception, a rapidly developing branch of research that periodically undergoes major paradigm shifts. The latest one is due to the advent of big data and its concomitant technologies, such as NoSQL, cloud computing, semantic similarity, et al. The power and capabilities of these systems are continuously increasing, but so is the complexity of their implementation. Access, analysis and elaboration of geospatial data are far from trivial. In this collection, an international group of researchers and practitioners track the latest trends and innovations in this technology. Chapters cover similarity joins, spatial index schemes for cloud environments, web service composition, database server models. A general overview of NoSQl geographic databases is provided. Problems of constructing data arrays in the context of the "data tsunami"--the ongoing explosion in the amount of available information--are detailed in the opening chapter, preparing the reader to the onslaught of consequent problems and discussions. The target audience, besides GIS researchers and programmers, is probably anyone involved or interested in the solutions and methodologies for big data analysis. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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