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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

What Is GIScience?

Defined by David Mark as "the development and use of theories, methods, technology, and data for understanding geographic processes, relationships, and patterns."

MARK, D. M. Geographic information science: Defning the field. In Foundations of Geographic Information Science, M. Duckham, M.F. Goodchild, and M.F. Worboys, Eds. Taylor and Francis, New York, 2003, pp. 1–18. doi:10.1201/9780203009543.ch1.

GIScience Classics

The 19 classic papers selected by P. F. Fisher from the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

— From Michael F. Goodchild's article Twenty years of progress: GIScience in 2010. Journal of Spatial Information Science, Number 1, 2010:p.10.

E-books

The National Academies Press (NAP) has a great selection of online books and reports freely available. Below are links to some of the major topics, but you can search by any term to find materials relevant to your topic.


The UCLA Library also subscribes to Springer Library, which contains many relevant publications in the field of Spatial Analysis and GIS. In order to access the Springer content when off campus, you need to be a current UCLA student, faculty, or staff member, usng the VPN or BOL Proxy.

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