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Does anyone have a good online resource for a quick brushing up on GIS?
I have been working with Illustrator for quite a while now, and my GIS has become foggy.

I saw the book "GIS for Dummies" on here a while back, is it available yet?

I may be working with land administration and park tenure, maintaining (and possibly creating) a geodatabase within a new role I am considering. (if I can refresh my GIS in time)

I have Chang's "Introduction to Geographic Information System", but I'm looking for something a bit less dry and boring :ph34r:

Thanks for any help!
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Unless you want black market material you are stuck buying these books if you want a good source of material, for one you can buy a book specifically towards designing a geodatabase at:
http://www.amazon.ca...n/dp/1879102625

Or as requested GIS for Dummies: http://www.amazon.ca...N...6908&sr=1-1
It will cost under $50.00 to get these books if your willing to wait. However if these books are not what you are looking for Amazon sells plenty of other GIS material.

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Does anyone have a good online resource for a quick brushing up on GIS?

The IGU Commission on GIS has a useful list of tutorials linked, ranging from conceptual to technical, depending on how you define "brushing up."

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If you are using ArcGIS and would like a more how to GIS refresher, then I would recommend the ESRI Training site for online courses (http://training.esri.com).

If you want more of a conceptual GIS book, then I would recommend GIS Fundamentals, 3rd Edition by Paul Bolstad. It is a good intro book without the typical high price. I have not read the GIS for Dummies book, but I know that from an intro to GIS standpoint the Bolstad book is better than Demers' "Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems" book.

As a GIS Instructor at the local community college I have used a wide variety of text books (Clarke, Chang, Demers, Bolstad) and lab materials (Getting to Know ArcGIS, ESRI Training site, GIS Tutorial) and the above is still my preferred books/tutorials.

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I couldn't resist to pre-buy GIS for Dummies last August. Just received it last week. Cost me 13$ (roughly 20 with H&S). I wouldn't have paid 30$ for it because I'm in GIS so it's too basic for my everyday needs.

It's OK, but all the example and tools are ArcGIS. I'm a Arc user so I don't complain, but for something aimed at everybody, I wouldn't have used the most expensive (maybe the most advanced too, but I don't want to restart that debate) on the market.

For someone who just want a quick look at GIS possibilities and "extent", it's good, but it makes it impossible for them to try.

Personnaly, I would have use QGis of another OpenSource GIS for that purpose.

For geodatabase design, I like Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling, also available, almost in full, on Google Books. The Chapter 5 is dedicated to parcel and cadastre.




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