A new book from O’reilly just announced today boasts you’ll learn how to find the vast amounts of free geographic data that’s out there and how to bring it all together. You’ll see how to convert it among several popular formats—including plain text, ESRI Shapefiles, and Geography Markup Language (GML). I can’t wait to see how yet another expert proposes to the industry how to find these free data – PS – if you point me to another antiquated datadepot I’m gonna puke!
In GIS for Web Developers, author Scott Davis introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in simple terms and demonstrates hands-on uses. With this book, you’ll explore popular websites like maps.google.com, see the technologies they use, and learn how to create your own. Written with the usual Pragmatic Bookshelf humor and real-world experience, GIS for Web Developers make the journey an easy one. You can now geographically-enable your own applications using freely available, open source tools and data. But until now, finding the right data on the web has been a problem. For more information about the book, see: http://www.oreilly/catalog/974514098