GIS for Dummies
Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:22 AM
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
Thanks for any help!
g r e g @ c a r t o g r a p h i c d e s i g n . c o m
Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:33 AM
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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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:12 AM
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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Posted 03 March 2009 - 11:40 AM
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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