Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook Paperback – 30 Aug 2013
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About the Author
<strong>Christian Harder</strong> is a writer at Esri and author of a number of case study books on GIS. <br><br><strong>Tim Ormsby</strong> is a technical writer at Esri and has created and contributed to ArcGIS training courses for both the classroom and online learning. Ormsby coauthored Esri Press's best-selling workbook <em>Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop</em> (Esri Press 2010). Thomas Balstrøm is the coauthor of the Danish-language Book of GIS and Geodata. He worked for two decades as an associate professor in GIS and physical geography at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and currently is an associate professor in geoinformatics at University of Aalborg, Copenhagen.
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The reader doesn't need to buy ArcGIS desktop since a two months demo can be used as well. Alternatively, a user can apply for a "home user" account and pay just a fraction of the full price (conditions apply)
All in all, the workbook is excellent. The general impression is to seat in a jumbo-jet cockpit and start understanding the instructions...only to forget them and be remembered again and again through the superb user-friendlines of the text and the many graphicallly clear and precise pictures (plus you see often a line saying "don't remember how to?...then read here or skip it if you know" ). The book comes also with videos hosted in the esri website but I must say I'd rather prefer the text that I can read and skim through away from a computer for further "digestion". The whole project can be done in a week but most probably it is better in my opinion to allow yourself 2-3 weeks or so and go back and forth the many different crucial point again and again (e.g. changing and selecting coordinates, geo referencing, editing, etc...). I found that the present version, 10.1, of AcGIS does not change significantly from the earlier version used for the book. Only in one or two examples I found the pictures slightly different from version 10.1 and only in one case I found myself stuck with instructions (in chapter 6) whereby I don't know if this is beacause I did something wrong (most probably) or if the text of the book was wrong/outdated.
I recommed this book, in the end it's much cheaper than paying for an instructor-led seminar.
It will be a good reference book, too.
Thus this book contrives to pitch in for the public good by asking the user to take REAL DATA from the City of Los Angeles' Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering's Mapping Division, and Department of Recreation and Parks and to manipulate it using the awesome power of GIS [and we're NOT talking about Google Earth people!]. Users are provided a colossal amount of data with the book's project DVD, and the book explains that in an actual GIS project you would find excellent data amassed at countless agencies, vendors, and institutions.
Sorry for the long aside: The point of this book is to walk you step-by-step, mouse-click-by mouse-click, decision-by-decision through a GIS project to determine for yourself which locations along the river are best suited for public recreational use. At the end, you will have learned many of the fundamentals of GIS generally and ArcGIS specifically.
Plus it is just plain fun. But I'm partial to old science fiction movies.
Currently midway through and it is jam-packed with info. Great step-by-step instructions, rarely feel lost in it. Very happy with my experience so far.
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