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Unit 03 - Introduction to Computers

  • Author(s): Unit 03, CC in GIS
  • National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
  • Editor(s): Goodchild, Michael F.
  • Kemp, Karen K.
  • et al.

This unit provides a brief introduction to computer hardware and software. It discusses binary notation, the ASCII coding system and hardware components including the central processing unit (CPU), memory, peripherals and storage media. Software including operating systems, word processors database packages, spreadsheets and statistical packages are briefly described.

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