Studies in the humanities and the social sciences can be enhanced through the use of geographic information systems (GIS). However, this computer-aided method of analysis is worthless unless researchers can devote the time necessary to learn what it is, what it can do, and how to use it.
Resulting from a six-year project entitled Spatial Information Science for the Humanities and Social Sciences (SIS for HSS), GIS-Based Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences details the tools and processes for deploying GIS in economic and social analyses.
Through the use of this book, readers can understand how GIS technology can be utilized in advancing studies. This volume will also encourage professionals in humanities and the social sciences to employ new GIS-based methods in their own research.
Table of Contents
A Tool for Creating Pseudo-3D Spaces with Hyperphoto: An application in Ethnographic Studies
Hiroya Tanaka, Masatoshi Arikawa, Ryosuke Shibasaki,
and Yuki Konagaya
A Laser-Scanner System for Acquiring Archaeological Data: Case of the Tyre Remains
Ryosuke Shibasaki, Takura Izumi, Hiroya Tanaka, Masafumi Nakagawa, Yosinori Iwamoto, Hidetomo Fujiwara, and Dinesh Manandhar
A Laser-Scanner System for Acquiring Walking-Trajectory Data and Its Possible Application to Behavioral Science
Huijing Zhao, Katsuyuki Nakamura, and Ryosuke Shibasaki
A Method for Constructing a Historical Population-Grid Database from Old Maps and Its Applications
Yoshio Arai and Shiro Koike
Urban Employment Areas: Defining Japanese Metropolitan Areas and Constructing the Statistical Database for Them
Yoshitsugu Kanemoto and Reiji Kurima
Data Modelling of Archaeological Sites Using a Unified Modelling Language
Teruko Usui, Susumu Morimoto, Yoshiyuki Murao and Keiji Shimizu
How to Find Free Software Packages for Spatial Analysis via the Internet
Atsuyuki Okabe, Atsushi Masuyama, and Fumiko Itoh
A Toolbox for Examining the Effect of Infrastructural Features on the Distribution of Spatial Events
Atsuyuki Okabe and Tohru Yoshikawa
A Toolbox for Spatial Analysis on a Network
Atsuyuki Okabe, Kei-ichi Okunuki, and Shino Shiode
Estimation of Routes and Building Sites Described in
Premodern Travel Accounts Through Spatial Reasoning
Yasushi Asami, Takanori Kimura, Masashi Haneda, and Naoko Fukami
Computer-Simulated Settlements in West Wakasa:
Identifying the Ancient Tax Regions - The
Site-Catchment Analysis of Prehistoric Settlements By Reconstructing Paleoenvironments with GIS
Migration, Regional Diversity, and Residential Development on the Edge of Greater Cairo - Linking Three Kinds of Data - Census, Household-Survey Data, and Geographical Data - with GIS
Hiroshi Kato, Erina Iwasaki, Ali El-Shazly, and Yutaka Goto
Effect of Environmental Factors on Housing Prices:
Application of GIS to Urban-Policy Analysis
Yasushi Asami and Xiaolu Gao
Estimating Urban Agglomeration Economies for Japanese Metropolitan Areas: Is Tokyo Too Large?
Yoshitsugu Kanemoto, Toru Kitagawa, Hiroshi Saito, and Etsuro Shioji2
Evaluation of School Redistricting By the School
Yukio Sadahiro, Takashi Tominaga, and Saiko Sadahiro
A Method for Visualizing the Landscape of Old-Time Cities Using GIS
Eihan Shimizu and Takashi Fuse
Visualization for Site Assessment
Hiroyuki Kohsaka and Tomoko Sekine
Visualization of the Mental Image of a City Using GIS
Yukio Sadahiro and Yoshio Igarashi
"The author gives a substantial introduction to GIS and its analytical capabilities, which is helpful for beginners to understand basic concepts of GIS…this book highlights invaluable up-to-date GIS techniques and applications in Humanities and Social Sciences."
- Dr. Narimah Samat, ISPRS Highlights, Vol. 11, No. 3, October 2006
"This book is the result of a six year study conducted by Dr. Okabe at the University of Tokyo."
". . . the book made me think differently about ways to acquire, organize, or use spatial data, or even what might constitute spatial data . . .well worth some attention."
–G. Rebecca Dobbs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in Journal of Spatial Science, Dec 2008