Just received a new title from ESRI Press titled “Understanding Place” (by D.S Sinton & J.J Lund)- the book is focused on GIS and mapping in the curriculum. So far it looks simply amazing and I can’t put it down… perhaps because I’m very intruigued by GIS in the K-12 envirnment and hearing about various learning practices that incorporate GIS. Simply put, the book touches on successes and challenges faced with bringing GIS into the classroom. Interesting to read about case studies in poli sci, economics, anthropology and other disciplines. See http://gis.esri.com/esripress/
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!
I haven’t had time yet to do a full-blown review, however, I have skimmed briefly a new title from ESRI Press and its pretty darned awesome! Anyone involved in urban geography, local government and GIS should grab a copy of this, read it, and keep it near your desk! The book starts of with the basics of GIS (even answers what is a map?) and then delves into spatial modeling, data classifcation, data visualization, data sources, and anything that a local government GIS user needs to know. Of particualr interes and setting this book apart from anything else I’ve seen is the focus on GIS Projects, including the project lifecycle, planning, and project management… nice! The book finishes up with a lengthy discussion on GIS ethics and offers up some excellent case studies. See GIS for the Urban Environment