Here’s a tip about a new, handy cartography resource from Gretchen Peterson (@PetersonGIS on Twitter) enter the e-book “GIS Cartography: A Guide To Effective Map Design”. Gretchen’s first e-book in the series is Colors For Maps. About the booklet… Colors For Maps is a 40 page booklet in PDF format that contains 30 color palettes specifically chosen for mapping projects. Each palette is visualized in a sample map and in various combinations to make it easy to pick one. Color formulas are provided in RGB and HEX. The PDF format makes it easy to visualize the colors on-screen as well as to print them out on your in-house machines. See more at http://www.gretchenpeterson.com/booklet.php
Here’s a tip on a free (open access) resource that we heard about from the GISCO email list… a PDF e-book on Geostatistical mapping. Some details… A practical guide to geostatistical mapping using R+gstat/geoR, SAGA GIS and Google Earth combo of software packages. Includes seven diverse data analysis exercises. Materials presented in this book have been used for the five-day advanced training course “GEOSTAT: spatio-temporal data analysis with R+SAGA+Google Earth”, that is periodically organized by the author and collaborators. Visit http://spatial-analyst.net/book/ to obtain a digital copy of the book and R scripts / data sets used. This is an Open Access Publication
My bookshelf is chock-full of great stuff, many of the titles gathering dust… and so, I felt it was time to dust off something interesting and share with you a few details. Enter “Building a GIS System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers” by Dave Peters (ESRI Press 2008).
When looking at my collection for something of interest this one jumped out at me, after all, who doesn’t need a little help in building the enterprise GIS? At 292 pages + a commpanion CD-ROM/Planning Tool, this title wastes no time delivering useful material as Chapter 1 covers off (in not too much detail) the System Design process followed by detailed look at software, the network, security issues, and data administration. The book finishes off with a detailed, step by step system design and hypothetical City implementation.
Some key items the manager will take away from this book are valuable tips for a system organizational structure and requirements of staffing, software, hardware and network. A look at system performance and data administration will be particularly valuable in the planning stages as are the strong reminders about security and security related issues.
Building a GIS is a must-have for any GIS manager, particularly those in the enterprise or local government, who already has identified their needs but has now moved on to a desire to implement or revamp their corporate GIS. The included, Capacity Planning Tool, an excel-based design analysis tool will be particularly useful and alone will offset the small cost for the book! For a good technology overview and detailed how-to develop a system design this title delivers.
I’m currently skimming through a copy of Land Administration for Sustainable Development from ESRI Press. An interesting title, packed with a wealth of information on the past, present, and future practice of land administration for government. An good late night read for yours truly – did you know I did a major in Urban Geography at U. Vic?? Of particular interest in the book I think are sections devoted to topic specific areas like marine administration, a comprehensive look at the importance of the spatial data infrastructure (SDI), and sections that take a closer look at project administration and the administrators toolbox (the section on good governance and the tabular listing of 10 principles of Land administration is very interesting as are the sections on historical processes and land tenure and admin) . The book is an ideal complement to the bookshelf of anyone interested in or involved with economic development and in particular, environment resource management and social equality (also indigenous people’s rights). The book will be available shortly from ESRI Press – See more
Here’s a heads-up on a new title available from the ASPRS (asprs.org) – The manual of GIS, Marguerite Madden, Editor, with Foreword by Jack Dangermond. From the book… This volume is designed to be a comprehensive resource on GIS for students, researchers and practioners who are interested in asking spatial questions, assessing landscapes, building geodatabases and envisioning a world of integrated geospatial technologies. See more at http://www.asprs.org/gis_manual/
A new book of interest brought to my attention via O’reilly Media… Desktop GIS shows you how to assemble and use an Open Source GIS toolkit. You’ll find strategies for choosing a platform, selecting the right tools, integration, managing change, and getting support. See details of the book HERE
Now here’s an interesting search tool. the lazy library caters to those looking for books on any topic (try a search) and provides results of books that match the criteria but are 200 pages max… interesting idea man, where was lazy library when I was in College? http://lazylibrary.com
A little Spring cleaning as I’m tidying up the bookshelf today and realize I have 2 copies of Getting to Know ArcGIS desktop (second edition for ARcGIS 9) – so, I’m giving a copy away to one person who registers for the 2X a week GISuser Today newsletter.
This is a simple, fun contest – simply register to receive GISuser Today and that’s all – I’l announce the winner on Monday, January 14, 2008.. Good Luck
Not interested in ArcGIS? No problem, if you don’t want the ArcGIS desktop book then I also have a copy of Research and Thery in Advancing Spatial Data Infrastructure Concepts if you’d rather have that one!
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The GIS tutorial for Marketing might be better named The GIS Bible for Marketing… those interested in the application of GIS and geospatial technologies and analysis for business purposes will have no need to look any further than this resource from ESRI Press. Weighing in at 400+ pages (about 12 pounds!) it’s definitely a complete how-to for those interested in performing geographic analysis like site selection, direct mail marketing, and planning and implementing marketing, sales, and promotional strategies. The book falls under the category of exercise books, walking users step by step through real life business geographic scenarios, complete with ArcGIS and ArcGIS Explorer instructions, pointers to data, and more. Most data used come from the Community Tapestry lifestyle data that comes bundled with ESRI’s business analyst products. Companion CDs with the book provide all the exercises, templates, and data. A second CD contains a fully functional ArcGIS 9 (arcView 9.2) 30 day eval. I could easily go on and on about this one so if Geospatial marketing and applications of GIS for business planning is on your list of things to do then check it out at Amazon or ESRI Press.
Here’s a good tip to help the GIS manager get organized in 2008 – I just received the 3rd Edition of Thinking About GIS by Roger Tomlinson. Just in time for 08, this next edition in the popular title appears at first glance to be one of the must have in the corner office bookshelf (i.e. it’s an ideal GIS manager companion hence the title, GIS planning for managers). Anyone who’s had trouble in the past fumbling for information to help design a system from the ground up will appreciate this book. At just over 200 pages, it’s lightweight but heavy on useful material. The 12 chapters will systematically lead you through strategies for planning, describing and identifying your system needs, defining the system scope, creating a data design, outlining a logical data model, system requirements, cost vs benefit and finally, planning your system implementation… who couldn’t use help with this?
Appendixes touch on popular topics that frequently give the manager reason to scratch her head like how to conduct benchmark testing, creating and planning your RFP and writing a design document. If you think you’ll be charged with planning and implementing a plan for a GIS this is a great place to start.
Some items I enjoyed were Tomlinson’s who, what, where, when, and why of GIS advice, his 10 stages of GIS planning, and all of chapter 8 on creating the data design. A bargin at less than $15! See Amazon.com or ESRI Press