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Mapping and GIS
Mapping and GIS
8.1 Introduction

The previous chapter looked at ways of presenting data but it neglected something important to geography’s cartographic traditions: the mapping of geographic data. This chapter makes amends for that omission, concentrating on some of the principles behind Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – software for the storage, analysis and visualisation of geographic information.

Figure 8.1 sets the scene. It is a stylised map of London’s boroughs, showing the ethnic composition of their resident population according to the 2011 Census. It would be possible to present these data in a table, and it would be better to do so ...

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