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Michael N. DeMers
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January 30, 2009 0470236825 978-0470236826 1
GIS (geographic information system) is a totally cool technology that has been called “geography on steroids.” GIS is what lets you see the schools in your neighborhood or tells you where the nearest McDonald’s is. GIS For Dummies tells you all about mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze patterns such as streets and waterways, and how to generate travel directions, customer location lists, and much more with GIS.

Whether you’re in charge of creating GIS applications for your business or you simply love maps, you’ll find GIS For Dummies is packed with information. For example, you can:

  • Learn all the hardware and software necessary to collect, analyze, and manipulate GIS data
  • Explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, or manage multiple maps
  • Analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results
  • Measure distance in absolute, comparative, and functional ways
  • Recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data
  • Discover how GIS is used in business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more
  • Find out how GIS can help you find out where flooding may occur
  • Determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and actually plan and design a GIS system

You’ll find dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses, and even learn to create animated GIS output. Whether your goal is to implement a GIS or just have fun, GIS For Dummies will get you there!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


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From the Back Cover

Curious about GIS?

Organizing a GIS?

Here's the book you need!

Geographic information system, or GIS, is a powerful technology that has been called "geography on steroids." This book contains what you need to know on mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze their patterns, and how to generate travel directions, customer locations lists, and much more with GIS.

  • GIS takes a village — know all the hardware and software necessary to collect, analyze, and manipulate GIS data

  • Just for map mavens — explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, or manage multiple maps

  • What the data mean — analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results

  • Think spatially — recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data

  • On the grid — define and locate geographic objects on the grid

  • The earth is not flat — accurately portray geographic features with map projections

  • Technological duct tape — discover the many uses of GIS for business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more

  • Design a GIS — determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and plan your system

Open the book and find:

  • How to get paper maps into your computer

  • Different ways to measure distance

  • How to organize your spatial data

  • What raster and vector mean to a cartographer

  • How to choose a GIS software vendor

  • How GIS can help you determine appropriate land use

  • Dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses

  • How to create animated GIS output

About the Author

Michael N. DeMers is an Associate Professor of Geography with more than 25 years of GIS experience. He is also CEO of DeMers Geographics, a provider of educational resources for GIS students and educators.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470236825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470236826
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough yet Concise May 22, 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book about a month ago and it surprised me how well it was put together and how much detail the author goes into without scaring the reader. I am a GIS professional and this is a great book for those who need to reference the inner workings of GIS, both technically and conceptually. I manage a small GIS shop with ~4 employees and two of them own this Book. On several occasions, I have seen them reference the book for project and class work. One said "It's easy to find what you're looking for in here; it's easily navigable!" The author does a great job of organizing the book into clear and concise sections that flow nicely. For the price, I strongly recommend this book; you are really getting 90% of a GIS textbook for 20% of the cost. Also, those who say this is too detailed for a dummies book, I say to you "what are you complaining about?" You are getting more bang for your buck! It is just like the rest of the dummies books in that it captures topic at hand in a clear manner; it is very understandable unlike several of the GIS books out there. Kudos on this book Dr. DeMers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR DUMMIES LIKE ME!!! July 24, 2011
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I ordered this book while I was taking a class in GIS and not understanding alot of the terminology and jargon being used. (raster, vector, metadata, etc.) It was so confusing. Shortly after I got this book, I was able to keep up with conversation and explain my project using new words that I learned from my book. Now, I know what my professors are referring to without making it so complicated for someone like me to understand. I recommend this book to anyone who feels like GIS is not for them. This book makes it simple and easy to understand.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for people with little knowledge about a GIS June 12, 2009
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This is a great introductory book for persons with little or no knowledge about a geographical information system (GIS). The book explains what a GIS is, who would use it, how it can help organisations with their daily operations, vector and raster data models, coordinate systems, projections, datums, modelling, networks, types of geospatial data, data display and cartography in simple English.

The book provides some basic step-by-step instructions on how to perform queries using a GIS software, ESRI ArcGIS. The book, in summary, explains: (a) background information about the GIS; (b) what a GIS can produce (the product and its uses in the real world); and (c) the infrastructure and components that support GIS operations (the things that make a GIS work).

I do not recommended this book if one is studying a GIS program at a higher educational institution. There are better detailed GIS books to purchase in this case. However, if one has issues explaining the technicalities of a GIS (e.g. presenting a GIS to non-technical clients) in simple English, this book may be of interest; it has helped me to become a better communicator. I say it's a good reference book for GIS professionals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GI&S May 13, 2013
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The book is informative and easy to read and understand. I am requied to perform GI&S duties in my job and this book is a handy reference to keep myself straight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surveyors Need GIS December 2, 2013
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Surveyors with transits and chains are not getting it done. This Dummie Books got me informed enough to talk to the experts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid October 24, 2013
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I'm a GIS-neofit (actually I'm an architect), and explanation of the topic is solid, clear despite the book isn't "fresh". Very good to start
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not USEFUL September 4, 2013
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was not didactic....screenshots of steps, I really should have looked inside first. Used the online sources.Look at it first before buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got to have May 3, 2013
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if your starting of on learning gis and what it is , well this is the book you need to read
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