(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

A new geographical language : A perspective of GIS

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HU Z (1 2 3) ; TANG G. (1) ; LU G. (1) ;
(1) Key lab. of Virtual Geographic Environment, Ministry of Education, Normal Univ., Nanjing, CHINE
(2) Dept. of Resources & Environment and Tourism Management, Hengyang, CHINE
(3) Engineering Technical Lab. of Digital Protection of Traditional Village of Hunan Province, Hengyang, CHINE


The GIS language is the highest-level geographical language developed to date, integrating semantic definitions, feature extraction, geographical dynamic representation and spatio-temporal factors and unifying the computation of geographical phenomena and objects. The GIS language possesses 5 important characteristics : abstraction, systematicness, strictness, precision and hierarchy. In summary, the GIS language provides a new means for people to recognize, understand and simulate entire geo-environments. Construction of the conceptual model and scientific systems of the GIS language will promote the development of the disciplines of geography and geographical information sciences. Therefore, this paper investigates the prospects of the GIS language from the perspectives of digital technology, geographical norms, geographical modeling and the disciplinary development of geography


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of geographical sciences. Acta geographica sinica / ISSN 1009-637X

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2014, vol. 24, no3 [pp. 560-576]

Bibliographic references : 63 ref.

Collation : 5 fig., 3 tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1007/s11442-014-1106-2

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