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Modeling Our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Design [Paperback]

Michael Zieler , Michael Zeiler
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Jan. 1 2000
Geographic data models are digital frameworks that describe the location and characteristics of things in the world around us. With a geographic information system, we can use these models as lenses to see, interpret, and analyze the infinite complexity of our natural and man-made environments. With the geodatabase, a new geographic data model introduced with ArcInfo 8, you can extend significantly the level of detail and range of accuracy with which you can model geographic reality in a database environment.

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Zieler-Designer for ESRI

David Arctur is a product specialist at ESRI and is part of the geodatabase development team. He has written for the ""Earth Observation & Mapping Magazine,"" ""IEEE Computer Magazine,"" and ""International Journal of Geographical Information Science,"" He lives in Austin, Texas. Michael Zeiler is a technical writer and data model specialist at ESRI with experience in diagramming GIS concepts, building data models, and programming. He is the author of ""Exploring ArcObjects,"" ""Inside ARC/INFO,"" and ""Modeling Our World,"" He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 11 2002
This is a good book to learn geodatabase. I expect the author to add more explanations and examples about modeling geodatabase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a reference. July 13 2004
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If you want to learn this much GIS terminology, you have to read hundereds of pages of ESRI's guide or reference books. This is an excellent reference in GIS literature that introduces hundereds of terms in a reasonable size and good price. The author went to the very corners of GIS-data-base structure. For any GIS-term you can find an illustration and explanation. The text is clearly written by an ArcInfo User that is some how "heavy". However,as an ArcGIS/ArcView user it was useful for me. The book title is somehow misleading at the first glance, but when you go inside, you can see no other title can fit this topic. BUY IT, if you want to know the GIS terminology to the extreme details, including backgrounds, comparative explanations and so on. DON'T BUY IT, if you want to do GIS modelling buy reading this book, as the text is mostly concentrates on data base.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great content--needs better index July 15 2003
I really like this book... It's well-written, and I am finding it helpful for understanding some of the concepts new to the world of ArcGIS.
HOWEVER, to be a useful reference, there needs to be a much, much larger and comprehensive index. That's plain frustrating.
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