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You can chose between solutions with a map server component or without. Server solutions of course support more data and more sophisticated applications. If you know QGIS want to create one-off visualizations of data, I would recommend QGIS2Leaf or Export to OpenLayers 3 which are both plugins for QGIS which allow you to export layers to a web map. Update ...


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I compiled this list a while ago so it may be somewhat out of date. Making it community wiki so anyone can update/correct/add to it. Also see these general tips for new Python programmers in this answer. Presentations: Python Scripting for ArcGIS Getting Started with Python in ArcGIS 10 ArcGIS Geoprocessing: Python Scripting – Advanced Techniques Python ...


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Using Snow's Cholera map story. When John Snow mapped the Cholera outbreak in London, he noticed that most cholera cases appeared near certain water pumps. After these pumps were closed or cleared, the cholera outbreak stopped. This is how Mommy's/Daddy's work can help save the world! In general, I always like to explain using images and vivid examples. A ...


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For users: QGIS Training Manual ... covers a wide range of topics QGIS User Manual Learning QGIS ... if you already know GIS concepts and you are looking for a resource to quickly get started using QGIS For developers: General API documentation PyQGIS Cookbook ... on developing python plugins My own notes on developing Python plugins


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Boundless' Introduction to PostGIS Boundless (formerly opengeo) has a very very good workshop with a lot of exercises on the PostGIS database. I would start with this one.


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Edit: adding more links to GIS specific resources. GIS Lounge's GIS + Python page Python Geo-Spatial Development For straight python, his has been discussed thoroughly on Stack Overflow: How to learn Python? Newbie teaching self python, what else should I be learning? Fastest way to learn Python? How should I go about learning Python? The second ...


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Not entirely a GIS Book but very helpful in many map design problems is Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative Information


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"Here be dragons" The phrase "Here Be Dragons" (or hic sunt dracones) appears on maps such as the Lenox Globe (from early 1500s) and is now considered to be map shorthand for Here Be Other Stuff We Don't Quite Know About, rather than a claim to have seen a fire-breathing monster. Usually placed to fill whitespace (un-known uncharted lands or seas) on ...


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Google Fusion Tables is looking promising with mapping and spatial queries pros:easy to set up cons: all your data is on google servers (good? or bad?) http://sites.google.com/site/fusiontablestalks/stories Note: Lots of Media/News Companies are using it - Example Guardian UK Newspaper ...


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PostGIS In Action by Regina Obe and Leo Hsu http://www.manning.com/obe/ An excellent tutorial and resource on spatial databases in general and PostGIS in particular. The book is currently available through Manning's Early Access Program in .pdf format, the paper version will be out relatively soon.


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Geospatial Analysis: A Comprehensive Guide to Principles, Techniques, and Software Tools Smith, Goodchild, Longley 2007 Entire text is online: http://www.spatialanalysisonline.com/ A solid guide to how geospatial analysis work, particularly with respect to GIS. The book emphasizes conceptual workflows, but still provides the basic math. I found the math ...


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Kids often learn well through experiences, so I'd take them geocaching, and show them how the coordinates helped us find the cache. Afterward, I'd display the track in Google Earth or QGIS, and show them maps overlaid with our trail. Finally, we could calculate how high we climbed to reach the cache using a DEM, or display other data like rainfall to ...


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Not really a full-blown GIS projects, but interesting example of situation when spatial aspects were not handled correctly. Economist's 'North Korea missile threat' first looked like: Whereas in reality should look like: Readers quickly pointed mistake and Economist admitted it and posted correction. (via Spatial Analysis blog) Edit: Some more info ...


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Let's start with: "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things" Known as "the first law of geography" (Tobler W., (1970) "A computer movie simulating urban growth in the Detroit region". Economic Geography, 46(2): 234-240)


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Here you have great manual for beginning: A Gentle Introduction to GIS Brought to you with Quantum GIS, a Free and Open Source Software GIS Application for everyone; by T. Sutton, O. Dassau, M. Sutton Video lectures for that manual can be found here GISTUTOR.COM site offers well-made tutorial "step by step" with the information how to perform each task ...


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There are so many options out there and many great answers already. Two of my favorite choices that haven't already been listed here are CartoDB and MapBox. Both of these provide web based hosting and visualization of data and some very fancy tools with prices starting at FREE. You'll benefit from having desktop software to get your data setup. ArcMap and ...


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I always thought there was a cartographic streak in the writers of the TV show Blackadder. As the Elizabethan Blackadder is preparing to sail around the world he's told: The foremost cartographers of the land have prepared this for you; it's a map of the area that you'll be traversing. [Blackadder opens it up and sees it is blank] -They'll be ...


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I also just attended a conference where they presented the OpenGeo Suite, which is a stack of OpenLayers, GeoServer, GeoExt & PostGIS. They offer both the "Enterprise Edition" (paid for version with support) or the "Community Edition" (free) versions. Another package that was demonstrated at the conference was GeoMoose, which is a stack of MapServer ...


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This video should give you a general idea of how to create nice line styles in QGIS with new symbology: "Video tutorial #1: Creating a custom railway style" More related posts: "Vector rule editor and polygon line styles in QGIS" "Advanced Layer Styles in QGIS" In Tomtom data for example, you have an attribute called frc that can be used to classify ...


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I'd like to suggest two books. The first one is Learn to Think Spatially from the National Academies Press. It is actually about the nature and functions of spatial thinking and shows how spatial thinking can be supported across the K-12 curriculum through the development of appropriate support systems like GIS but it should give you an idea on how to ...


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"GIS technology is kind of like Google Earth, but beeetter." Arnold Schwarzenegger


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To be honest the time frame you mentioned for the migration sounds really tight, especially if you want to research, test, evaluate and deploy! We have recently migrated from using ArcGIS as our desktop client to QGIS. While everything you have mentioned sounds possible the biggest issue I have found is managing the storage of Raster datasets, but like Nick ...


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I love your enthusiasm and running your own GIS Consultancy can be very rewarding. I worked my way up to running a commercial GIS Unit for a very large environmental research and consultancy service, plus lead GIS teams in other organisations before going freelance. This experience gave me a very good idea of what running a business would involve, who my ...


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“There is no such thing as information overload, only bad design.” –Edward Tufte


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Some starting points to consider: PostGIS in Action (Second Edition) should be your first resource PostGIS section of 'Introduction to the OpenGeo Suite' Boundless workshops Materials from BostonGIS webpage Also, for general introduction to PostgreSQL I quite enjoyed 'Beginning Databases with PostreSQL' book by Matthew & Stones.


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Penn State has an Open Web Mapping class. It should be enough to teach you how web mapping works, and also the technologies involved. Most, if not all, of the tools used in the class are free so you cost shouldn't be a problem. Here's the TOC: Lesson 0: Orientation Lesson 1: Introduction to Open Web Mapping Lesson 2: Web Map Servers (WMS) ...


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I love the Geospatial Revolution series of videos from Penn State University. It's a beautifully produced set of videos showcasing some everyday uses of GIS.


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To be able to answer questions asked in a GIS interview not related to any particular software you should have the ability to explain the following topics: What is GIS? What is remote sensing? A bit about Image processing. What is georeferencing? The role of GPS in GIS. What are projections? What is cartography? (Questions on map elements like scales, ...


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Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it. — Terry Pratchett



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