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If you want to go open source, you could start with this Introduction to Geoserver from last year's FOSS4G: http://workshops.opengeo.org/geoserver-intro/ Tools involved are usually Geoserver, PostGIS and OpenLayers. Start up costs is your work time plus hosting. It's hard to estimate time to deployment without knowing your use cases. Update: If you are ...
I compiled this list a while ago so it may be somewhat out of date.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 ...
Not entirely a GIS Book but very helpful in many map design problems is Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
"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 ...
For users: Linfiniti's Quantum GIS Training Manual and Introducing GIS worksheets ... cover a wide range of topics QGIS User Manual Learning QGIS 2.0 ... 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 Help on ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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)
"GIS technology is kind of like Google Earth, but beeetter." Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 ...
“There is no such thing as information overload, only bad design.” –Edward Tufte
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it. — Terry Pratchett
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 EDIT: GISTUTOR.COM site offers well-made tutorial "step by step" with the information how to perform ...
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 ...
Computational Geometry: Algorithms and Applications The best computational geometry book. Very good at explaining (with illustrations) the various algorithms and concepts often used in GIS, such as triangulation, indexing, calculating intersection, shortest paths etc.
Map Projections: A Working Manual (PDF, 380pages) by John P. Snyder
A number of astronauts, and then all of us who saw the photography from space, marveled at how much the Florida peninsula, meandering Mississippi, the islands of Britain, and the boot of Italy resembled the maps everyone had grown up with. We had taken it for granted that maps were faithful reflections of reality; but we were somehow ...
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.
1) Analyse the areas outlined with the polygons and added buffers to some of them. Buffers are supported. For further help, we'd need to know what "analyse the areas" means. 2) Answer questions like: Does this kind of fish (represented by a layer of points) always occur near a certain rock type (represented by polygons or points). You can check if ...
Here's my "recent" favourites, both cartography-related: Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users by Cynthia Brewer Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS by John Krygier and Denis Wood Unfortunately, and this is kind of sad, I have to admit that I haven't read a single GIS book in years. The basic principles and practices of GIS ...
Try http://www.gis.usu.edu/~chrisg/python/2009/ in an attempt to get back on topic :-)
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 ...
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, ...
Few from my side, mostly out of ESRI world: CARTODB MapBox OPENGEO Linfiniti Geo Blog Smathermather's Weblog GISTUTOR Open Source Computing and GIS in the UK Google Geo Developers
I would start with these places: Codecademy offers free online coding lessons, including Python. Use this to get the feel of how python works before working on ArcPy. You'll be glad of having the basics down when you work with ArcPy. Check out the free Virtual Campus presentation on ArcPy. It's a bit dry, but it will help orient you to how ArcGIS ...
GIS for Web Developers How to Lie With Maps Web Mapping Illustrated
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