Geoscience After IT

Geoscience After IT

A View of the Present and Future Impact of Information Technology on Geoscience

1st Edition - December 19, 2000

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  • Author: T.V. Loudon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080532516

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Most geoscientists are aware of recent IT developments, but cannot spend time on obscure technicalities. Few have considered their implications for the science as a whole. Yet the information industry is moving fast: electronic delivery of hyperlinked multimedia; standards to support interdisciplinary and geographic integration; new models to represent and visualize our concepts, and control and manage our activities; plummeting costs that force the pace. To stay on course, the scientist needs a broad appreciation of the complex and profound interactions of geoscience and IT, not previously reviewed in a single work.The book brings together ideas from many sources, some probably unfamiliar, that bear on the geoscience information system. It encourages readers to give thought to areas that, for various reasons, they have taken for granted, and to take a view on forces affecting geoscience, the consequences for themselves and their organisations, and the need to reconsider, adapt and rebuild.Practicing geoscientists with a general interest in how IT will affect their work and influence future directions of the science; geoscientists familiar with IT applications in their own specialist field who need a broader perspective; and students or educators specializing in IT applications in geoscience who require a top-down overview of their subject will find this title valuable. The IT background from this book should help geoscientists build a strategy for the new century.

Table of Contents

  • Series Editor's Foreword. Part A. Defining information technology, its significance in geoscience, and the aims of this publication. Part B. Benefits for geoscience from information technology, and an example from geological mapping of the need for a broad view. Part C. Familiarization with IT applications to support the individual geoscientist. Part D. Familiarization with IT applications to support the workgroup. Part E. Familiarization with IT background. Part F. Familiarization with quantitative analysis. Part G. Familiarization with spatial analysis. Part H. Familiarization with managing the information base. Part I. A view of the conventional geoscience information system. Part J. Human requirements that shape the evolving geoscience information system. Part K. Coping with changing ideas. Defining the user requirement for a future information system. Part L. Adjusting the emerging information system to new technology. Part M. Business requirements drive the information system, and provide coherent frameworks. Part N. Cumulated References. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2000
  • Published: December 19, 2000
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080532516

About the Author

T.V. Loudon

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British Geological Survey, Murchison House, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK EH9 3LA

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