An introduction to data and information
An introduction to data and information

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An introduction to data and information

4.4 Summary

This section described how computers can be used in geographical applications (and in doing so it discussed maps and showed how modern maps are composed of layers of different data).

It discussed the GPS to demonstrate how computers can communicate in order to solve a problem, such as navigation.

It also showed how the geographical data that supports both map-making and the GPS navigation system can be presented in different forms such as a map, a list of directions, a moving graphical display on a navigation device such as a GPS receiver or as spoken directions. The reasons why one form of presentation is preferable over another were discussed: it depends on fitness-for-purpose, i.e. on the requirements of the user and/or the situation in which the information is needed.

Finally the section described how computers can be used to find information on the web. The two activities associated with this section introduced you to gateways and to the simple and advanced use of search engines.


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