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ISBN-13: 978-1589482593 ISBN-10: 158948259X Edition: Fourth Edition, New edition, for ArcGIS 10

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  • Series: GIS Tutorial
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Esri Press; Fourth Edition, New edition, for ArcGIS 10 edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158948259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589482593
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook is a top selling introductory text for learning ArcGIS for Desktop. This workbook presents a range of GIS tools and functionality, from querying interactive maps to collecting data and running geoprocessing tools. Its detailed exercises, ""Your Turn"" sections, and homework assignments can be adapted to learning GIS in a classroom or for independent study. Also included is an authorization code to download a 180-day trial version of ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 software and a DVD with data for working through the exercises. Instructor resources are available.

Wilpen L. Gorr is a professor of public policy and management information systems at the School of Public Policy and Management, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches and researches GIS applications. He is also chairman of the school’s Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree program.

Kristen S. Kurland is a professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture, where she teaches GIS, BIM, CAD, 3D visualization, and infrastructure management. Her research includes spatial analysis of health issues.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Wilpen L. Gorr is a professor of public policy and management information systems at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches and researches GIS applications.


Kristen S. Kurland holds a joint faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and School of Architecture, where she teaches GIS, CAD, 3D Visualization, and Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM).


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Customer Reviews

This is a great book for learning GIS!!!
Luis A. Trelles
Compared to other books, the tutorials are easy to follow and I like the straight forward step-by-step instructions.
Lynne Chatham
It came with a tutorial DVD, but was missing the 180-day trial version of ArcGIS 10.1.
Julia Arnone

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Allen on January 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the update of the prior GIS Tutorial Workbook to include all the new ArcGIS version 10 stuff. Well written and easy to follow, my students work through this with great ease and are able to perform the exercise tasks on their own with a little guidance and a review through the text.

Each chapter has really good exercises to challeng you and see if you have grapsed the knowledge. So there's hand-holding when you need it, and the freedom to run with the concepts when you don't.

Very well suited for individual study as well as classroom use.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul K. on November 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I used this book in an Introduction to GIS class. It gave me a solid grasp of what GIS is and can do. The examples in the book are very clear, as there are step by step instructions with screenshots that insure you will not get lost.

The assignments in the book are very helpful and reflect what was taught in the chapter. Some assignments are on the easy side, but many are challenging and require a good deal of critical thinking.

Many of the examples and assignments that I learned from I applied to other concepts in GIS and other mapping software. I took a class using this book a year ago, and now I work full-time using different mapping software, but most of the concepts I learned from this book I still use.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wilpen L. Gorr on November 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
A reviewer criticized this book because chapter 2 uses population to symbolize polygons instead of a normalized population (for example, population density = persons per square mile) or a dot density map. However, whether to map population, population density, or some other normalization of population depends on the information needed from a map. Population provides information on the total demand for services, market potential, representation in the House of Representatives, persons needing health insurance, and so forth. So it's relevant (and good) to map population for such needs. The alternatives for population are a choropleth map or size-graduated point markers at the centroids of polygons. Both are commonly used, each has its own problems and potential for misunderstanding by the casual map reader, but both can be effective information sources.

If instead of a population map, the map designer were to provide a population density map, then the reader somehow would have to multiply the population density times area to get population, which is not practical. A dot density map is an alternative to normalizing by area. It provides a representation of density by the percentage of a polygon's area covered with dots. To get population the user would have to count the number of dots in a polygon and multiply by the number of persons represented by each dot, also not practical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luis A. Trelles on February 5, 2012
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This is a great book for learning GIS!!! I had this book assigned in a PhD level class and, despite most of the students came from different backgrounds (political science, sociology, public health, military), it worked as a great guide for most students that were beginners or intermediate level.
The tutorials and examples are very clear and useful to get a notion of all the things you can do using ArcGIS software!!!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Brady on October 24, 2011
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The worst technical book I have ever seen and as a programmer of 15 years, I have seen quite a few! By chapter 8, they are still wasting whole pages with pictures telling you to Open a file and and Save As. The book is a set of step-by-step instructions with little or no explanation about why you do one thing or pick one option over another. You will yawn through the steps and then scratch your head on some of the exercises. They do not teach you how to debug problems, so if something goes wrong, you lack an important skill.

There is an assumption that you already know what you want to do and why, and just need help with the tool. I have never met anyone in this situation, and it certainly isn't a useful resource for GIS beginners. There is always some knowledge gap. You will be better off reading the Esri help documentation and maybe learn more, too. I started running the whole app with the help permanently turned on. I frequently had to use the help, forums or Google to get more information.

Also, realize that when using this book there will be zero support from the author, the publisher, or the producer of the application if you run into any problems. Go buy something else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Chatham on November 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Great book for learning GIS

I recently purchased GIS Tutorial 1 Basic Workbook to learn GIS, and it
was exactly what I needed! I already knew some GIS basics, and this
book helped expand my knowledge and fill in gaps. I'm now using GIS
for advanced spatial analysis projects at work. Compared to other
books, the tutorials are easy to follow and I like the straight
forward step-by-step instructions. Other books that I reviewed had way
too much unnecessary text that distracted from learning the core GIS
functions. This one gets you up to speed very quickly. I found the end
of chapter exercises challenging but just right to help me work on my
own projects. I also like the variety of real world examples and
later chapters that take you beyond the basics. I highly recommend
this book.
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