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Book Review

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Web GIS: Principles and Applications

Geographic information systems (GIS) have evolved from being desktop focused software to become internet oriented and offered as web services. Today many people actively engage GIS through web services delivered over the internet. These activities are continuing to expand and will undoubtedly offer the widest variety of spatial information services well into the future, providing

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World

There is an important book from Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams that is a follow-on to their groundbreaking work Wikinomics. This latest release takes on the application of crowdsourcing and the ‘hive mind’ to rethink our staid institutions for more immediate and measured outcomes that address the global problems of today.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

OpenStreetMap – Be Your Own Cartographer

OpenStreetMap is a global mapping project that is built through the contributions, efforts and experiences of individuals in communities. Frustrated with a myriad of legal complications for using traditional maps, the OpenStreetMap community consists of individual and group efforts that contribute vectors for streets and places, resulting in cartographic products that anyone can use and

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Ecosystems Goods and Services from Plantation Forests

Ecological goods and services represent a new approach that seeks to link the total value that forests contribute to society. Often these are interpreted to include health, social, cultural, and economic needs. Not all forests are the same though. In some places on the planet forests grow wildly, and are not impacted by humans directly.

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Mapping Forestry

Forest managers and others working and operating in forests have long depended upon the use and application of GIS. This technology has enabled them to establish forest inventory information upon which they have been able to integrate landscape change over time and to initiate operations. Mapping Forestry provides a glimpse into the ways forestry related

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Modeling Our World – The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concepts

This book originally appeared in 1999 and has been updated and re-written a decade later. Geographic information system (GIS) modeling is the key to understanding GIS – and how to communicate to others about the world we live in through mapping and cartography. The information and knowledge included in ‘Modeling Our World’ is the foundation for

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

The GIS 20 Essential Skills

The GIS 20 Essential Skills is a guide that describes the most commonly used skills used by geographic information system (GIS) users. The book is the result of many years experience gathered through ArcGIS training and education programs by the author. As a result, the book is filled with powerful tips, information and approaches for working

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Mapmaker’s Eye – David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau

Unlike many of his sea-going counterparts, explorer and geographer David Thompson spent most of his life on the ground paddling and walking the rivers and land of western Canada and the Pacific north-west. His mark was made throughout these regions, extending from Hudson Bay to British Columbia and into the United States where he crossed

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Handbook of Applied Spatial Analysis

Spatial data are important to scientific studies and research. They are the raw pieces of information that inform us about the processes involved in many fields. Scientists involved in oceanography, forestry, soil science, energy, human geography, health, transportation, urban planning and many other field collect, manage, process and visualize both simple and complex processes using

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Building European Spatial Data Infrastructures

The Europe Union has been actively engaged in spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for many years. Author Ian Masser wrote about the earliest efforts in the first edition of this book. Since that time the EU INSPIRE Directive has come into law and is being implemented across Member states. This book updates the previous work and

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