Imagine you are an alien—these authors ask of you—and you land here on Earth and you see a car…better yet, how do you explain a car to an alien? What does this have to do with Geographical Information Systems (GIS)?! I haven't a clue, nor do I have a better analogy than the one provided by the authors. Though at first annoyed by my new alien friend, I could accept the point the authors were making: GIS can appear complex, much like a car might appear to an alien. From software-specific jargon to complex networking and spatial analysis to getting...

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