Introduction to GIS

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Introduction to GIS

  1. 1. Introduction to GIS Joey Li joeylicc@gmail.com @joeylicc joeylicc.wordpress.com
  2. 2. What is GIS? GIS = Geographic Information System A GIS integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
  3. 3. Data Representation ● GIS data represents real world objects (e.g. roads, land use, elevation, trees, waterways, etc.) ● There are 2 broad methods used to store data in GIS 1. Vector data model 2. Raster data model
  4. 4. Data Representation (Vector) A coordinate-based data model that represents geographic features as points, lines, and polygons. 1. Points Location of Wells, Schools, or Points of Interest 2. Lines / Polylines Road Centerlines, Rivers, Trails, or Streets 3. Polygons Boundary of Cities, Lakes, or Forests
  5. 5. Data Representation (Raster) A spatial data model that defines space as an array of equally sized cells arranged in rows and columns. Each cell contains an attribute value and location coordinates. Raster as Satellite Imagery Raster as Elevation Surface
  6. 6. Common GIS Data Format Vector Data Model ● Shapefile (.shp, .shx & .dbf) ● Geography Markup Language GML (.gml) ● Personal Geodatabase (.mdb) ● File Geodatabase (.gdb) Raster Data Model ● Enhanced Compressed Wavelet ECW (.ecw) ● GeoTIFF = TIFF file with GeoReference (.tif) ● MultiResolution Seamless Image Database MrSID (.sid) ● JPEG2000 = JPEG file with GeoReference (.jpg)
  7. 7. Coordinate Systems Geographic Coordinate Systems ● WGS84 (Latitude and Longitude) is the most commonly used Geographic Coordinate System ● Hong Kong = 22° 16′ 42″ N, 114° 9′ 32″ E Projected Coordinate Systems ● Project the earth 3D curved surface to a 2D flat surface ● Hong Kong 1980 Grid (HK80Grid) is the coordinate system for Hong Kong GIS data
  8. 8. ESRI ArcGIS for Server ● Publishing GIS Web Services ● Creating Web Mapping Applications ● Administering ArcGIS for Server
  9. 9. Geodatabase (ArcSDE) ● ● ● ● ● ArcSDE = Spatial Database Engine Core component of ArcGIS for Server Primary data storage model for ArcGIS Centralized location to access and manage spatial data Major Features ○ Versioning ○ Geodatabase Replication ○ Geodatabase Archiving ● Support Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, etc.
  10. 10. ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ArcMap ● View, Edit and Query geospatial data, and Create Maps ArcCatalog ● Manage geospatial data ● Browse datasets, files, database or other sources
  11. 11. 3 Takeaways 1. GIS data represents real world objects in layers 2. There are 2 major data model in GIS a. Vector = Point, Line, Polygon b. Raster = Cells with Values 3. Global Coordinate System = WGS84 (Sphere) HK Coordinate System = HK80Grid (Flat)
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