GEOGRAPHY RESOURCES AND THEIR EXPLOITATION IN THE INTERNET
Chen Youfei (Department of Geography, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007) Xu Shiyuan (Department of Geography, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062)
Internet is becoming more and more important in geography research. This makes it possible for geographers to do their research by international cooperation and thus to probe deeply into the essence of geography. Geography resources in the Internet include the following aspects: 1 Virtual geography libraries. This section gives many useful web addresses of virtual libraries, geography links and resource guide. 2 Remote sensing images and maps. They are important means to express geographical information. Some of those resources in Internet are introduced here such as space and aerial photographs, digital images, atlas and cartography. 3 Academic organizations web site. Many academic organizations in geography have established their services in the Internet. 4 Electronic publications. There are some electronic publications known as E Periodical in geography are available for subscription. 5 Electronic forums. The usenet and the mailing lists in various professional geographic fields provide the place for geographers to share their ideas and discuss common interests. Some of them are completely user driven. 6 Software resources. GIS and other geographic analysis software web sites are the main topic here. 7 Educational resources. Online universities and geography courses will bring about great changes in geography instruction, especially by means of multimedia and distance education. Some non profit organizations have set up their web sites to encourage and help teachers to use the Internet in their classrooms. In this paper the authors not only enclose many classified geography resource addresses but also point out some ways to access the Internet efficiently.