Manual of Geographic Information Systems
Marguerite Madden, PhD, editor
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I can recall the time, not long ago, when there were no manuals of GIS, no textbooks of GIS and no journals devoted to GIS; a time when the existing literature consisted mostly of papers presented at conferences and final reports of the few projects that had used what has come to be called GIS technology.
Now, after only a generation, the ASPRS Manual of Geographic Information Systems captures, within the scope of one large volume, the explosive growth of the GIS field, surveying what has been accomplished in the last 50 years, what is being done today and what is on the horizon for tomorrow.
GIS is interdisciplinary; geospatial data are brought together through the cooperation and collaboration of workers in many scientific and technical fields, from government, industry, and academia. This ASPRS GIS Manual facilitates photogrammetry and remote sensing working more closely with GIS; that will inevitably produce important new scientific and technological developments.
GIS is about using the geographic approach: the science and technology of capturing, storing, managing, analyzing, modeling, integrating and then applying—particularly to decision making—geographic or geospatial information of many kinds, including, as primary data sources, remotely-sensed data and imagery.
The challenging times we live in have played an important role in fostering the growth of GIS.
We need to better understand and better manage our planet. Growing human population, unsustainable use of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, human hunger and poverty, climate change, rapid urbanization, wars, terrorism, energy use, natural disasters, food production, human health—and many other issues—are problems we must address.
GIS plays a role in dealing with each of these.
In dealing with these problems large resources have been devoted to creating new science and technology, including both the science and technology of remote sensing and of geospatial information.
Muslims Engaging the Other and the Humanum
Call unto to the path of your Lord with wisdom, and good counsel, and engage them by those means which are the finest.'(Q. 16:125)
How do Muslims engage the religious other  in a world that increasingly defies geographical, political, religious and ideological boundaries? This is a world where the âenemyâ is often the internal self (e.g., the Saudi/Iranian/Sudanese regime or the Shi'ite/Qadiani/modernists) and the asylum provider the external other (Christian relief organizations, Amnesty International / your non-Muslim neighbor, etc). How do Muslims respond when we come face to face with the humanum, the essentially human, and its manifestation in lives of a tireless quest for compassion and commitment to justice that the other may lead? How do the various forms of engagement with the other facilitate or…