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The Geospatial Desktop by [Sherman, Gary]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8637 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Locate Press; 1 edition (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLED726
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An invaluable guide to the highways and byways of open source GIS, particularly QGIS and GRASS. These software packages and applications are quite powerful, but can be hard to use for the first time without an expert to help explain it all. This well-written book clearly explains these packages and how to use them, and how to get the best from them. It really helps you to get going with these tools.

Highly recommended.
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Thanks Gary for this book, it will be again a source for inspiration for GIS training courses based in just Open Source software.
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Good introduction to a range of different open source GIS applications with some useful examples. Found it easy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good book for starter/intermediate user 18 Feb. 2012
By Kurt Trinko - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the second edition of Desktop GIS: Mapping the Planet with Open Source Tools, so all the good reviews are still true for this uptodate edition. the author is an expert of this topic and the founder/creator of the (imho) best free opensource gis: QUANTUM GIS.

So why just 4 stars? Well, on the books website under changes between first and second edition you can read: "A short discussion of the SpatiaLite spatial database is included." This is not the case, because this "short discussion" (chapter 9.6) is less than one full page(!) and is only an "announcement", that you can use spatialite with qgis. (If the free and open-source spatialite would be sold as a commercial product, the company would give more info in the product-flyer/info-brochure than there is in the book!) so this is a great disappointment,because qgis is the first (and only?) opensource gis, which has native support for spatialite and learning from the auhor how to use spatialite (with qgis) would have been very fine...

So - in my personal opinion - a great book, but no "real" info about spatialite. If you do not already own a copy of the first edition its definitve worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. 18 Aug. 2013
By Niklas Andersson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want an almost complete picture of the open source landscape with respect to GIS this is the first, but not only book you want to read on the subject.

The Geospatial Desktop explains what open source software that is out there together with the characteristics of each program with its pros and cons.

Besides giving an excellent overview of what software it is out there, the author teaches you about the different data formats for GIS and how they map to each software. You also get an introduction as how to actually extend the functionality in a lot of programs.

Buy it and read it as your first Open Source GIS-book. I can promise you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for switching from proprietary to open source GIS 10 Sept. 2014
By Ecologist - Published on Amazon.com
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An outstanding book that really facilitated my move from ArcGIS to GRASS. The numerous QGIS examples got me started in a familiar, accessible environment. The gentle introduction to GRASS helped me transition to a very powerful, open source GIS.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really good 3 Dec. 2012
By Marco - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice, simple, complete introduction for beginners. Everything is clearly explained.
Highly recommended for a practical begin to GIS and the available open source softwares.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit more information... 23 Jan. 2012
By T. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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Just FYI that this book is a reprint of the popular "Desktop GIS: Mapping the Planet with Open Source Tools" that was out of print (by another publisher). Locate Press is proud to bring it back into print, with some updated content. We had to drop the colour images in this print version, but they are available on the book website. If there is significant interest in a colour version, we may make it available in the future, though the printing costs are 3-4x higher.

p.s. Couldn't file the review without picking stars, but I really _do_ love this book :)
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