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Foundational GIS Literature



Abler, R. F., 1987. The National Sciences Foundation National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, International Journal of Geographical Information Systems, Vol. 1. No.4, pp. 303-326.  (NCGIA web site may be found at


Berry, B. J. L., (1964). Approaches to regional analysis: a synthesis. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 54, pp. 2-11


Calkins, H. W., and R. F. Tomlinson, (1977). Geographic Information Systems: Methods and Equipment for Land Use Planning. IGU Commission on Geographical Data Sensing and Processing and U.S. Geological Survey, Ottawa.


Clarke, K. C., 1986. Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Vol. 10, pp. 175-184.


Coppock, J. T., and D. W. Rhind, (1991). The history of GIS. Geographical Information Systems: principles and applications. Ed. David J. Maguire, Michael F. Goodchild and David W. Rhind. Essex: Longman Scientific & Technical, 1991. 1: 21-43.  last retrieved 9/17/2010.


Cowen, David J. (1988) GIS versus CAD versus DBMS: What Are the Differences? PHOTOGRAMMETRIC ENGINEERING AND REMOTE SENSING, Vol. 54, No.11, November 1988, pp. 1551-1555. last retrieved 9/17/2010.


Dangermond, J., 1983. A Classification of Software Components Commonly Used in Geographical Information Systems, Basic Readings in Geographic Information Systems (D. Marble, H. Calkins, and D. Peuquet ed.), SPAD Systems: Arnherst, N.Y.


Dueker, K.J., 1979. Land Resource Information Systems: A Review of Fifteen Years Experience, Geo-Processing, Vol. 1, pp. 105-128.


Foresman, Tim. 1997. The History of GIS (Geographic Information Systems): Perspectives from the Pioneers. (Prentice Hall Series in Geographic Information Science) Prentice Hall PTR; 1st edition (November 10, 1997), 416 p.


Goodchild, Michael F., (2010). Twenty years of progress: GIScience in 2010. JOURNAL OF SPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCE Number 1 pp. 3–20 doi:10.5311/JOSIS.2010.1.2. July 27, 2010.

Abstract: It is 20 years since the term “geographic information science” was suggested to encompass the set of fundamental research issues that surround GIS. Two decades of GIScience have produced a range of accomplishments, in an expanding literature of research results as well as in the infrastructure of research. Several themes are suggested for future research, based both on gaps in what has been accomplished thus far, and on technology trends that will themselves raise research questions. Keywords: geographic information science  (See also Goodchild's 2003 Recent Advances in Geographic Information Science at last retrieved 9/20/2010).


Marble, D. F., et al., (1983). Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, The Manual of Remote Sensing, Vol. 1, American Society of Photogrammetry , Falls Church, Virginia, pp. 923-958.


McLaughlin, J. D., 1984. The Multipurpose Cadastre Concept: Current Status, Future Prospects, Seminar on the Multipurpose Cadastre: Modeling Land Information Systems in North America, University of Wisconsin Institute of Environmental Studies, Madison.


 Muller, J. C., 1985. Geographic Information Systems: A Unifying Force for Geography, The               Operational Geographer, Vol. 8, pp. 41-43.


OSGeo web site wiki, (2007).


Peuquet, D.I., (1984). A Conceptual Framework and Comparison of Spatial Data Models, Cartographica, Vol. 2, pp. 66-113.


Tomlinson, R. F. (ed), 1972. Geographical Data Handling. IGU Commission on Geographical Data Sensing and Processing, Ottawa.


White, M. S., 1984. Technical Requirements and Standards for a Multipurpose Geographic Data System, The American Cartographer , Vol. 11, pp. 15-26.


Assembled by Paul M. Suckow, PhD candidate in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, 9/20/2010


I hope this annotated bibliography helps to provide reliable academic resources appropriate to any classes you may take or papers you may produce.  --Paul


I have taught beginnner level and advanced GIS classes at both high school and college level.  The best way to learn is still "hand on" with the assistance of a knowledgeable and patient tutor.  The  great thing today is that if you find yourself drawn toward GIS, you still have not "missed the boat."  The geo tide is yet rising, and you can live its history too.