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GIS Tutorial Updated for ArcGIS 9.2: Workbook for Arc View 9, 2nd Edition Paperback – Audiobook, July 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1589481787 ISBN-10: 158948178X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Esri Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158948178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589481787
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Shool of Architecture, where she teaches GIS, CAD, 3D visualization, and computer aided facilities management (CAFM).

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Gilchrist on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
After completing a couple lessons I have learned about making maps, adding layers, bookmarking, viewing and selecting from the data, labeling, and much more. I look forward to adding to the progress I've already made. Previous students in the GIS course, as well as my instructor, said that the first edition of the book (or its accompanying data disk) was full of "bugs," but this edition seems to be bug-free. The lessons take you through the skills twice before it's time to do the assignment. If you don't remember how to perform the skills, the assignment takes a long time. Every detail of the assignment is important (e.g. font size, color, etc.), so read it carefully. Also, as in other workbooks, it would be nice if there were an index so you could more easily go back to those skills you don't quite remember how to do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren G on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as an alternative to a workplace-offered course that was going to cost me $300, and I'm glad I did. This book took me about a month to get through, working on in my free time, as opposed to the 2-day class, but I've come away with a much more extensive grasp of how to use GIS. The book is quite extensive in what it introduces you to, and is great for referencing if you're already an experienced ArcGIS user. It's obvious the book was originally designed to be used as a college textbook.
My two main complaints are: some of the assignments require downloading information off the web, and it's extremely difficult to locate the information required for the assignment, and in several cases, was impossible, due to the ever-changing nature of websites.
My other complaint is that there is no index, so you have to be very familiar with the textbook and table of contents to know what you're looking for in terms of referencing.
I highly recommend the book, but I would suggest to ESRI to incorporate an index and dedicated companion website for it in future editions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Concerned Citizen on July 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am using this to get up to speed for a class next month. I expected a simple introduction, but it seems to go pretty deep with a lot of detail. This is my first time playing with GIS, and I am sold on ArcView.

One comment about the book is that sometimes the directions are not accurate, which actually helps me learn the program a little more intimately. For example, when changing an attribute the directions say "Click Okay," but I needed to click "Apply" first. This is no big deal and actually makes me think a little bit more about what I am doing and why I am doing it.

Overall, this is a good deal, especially getting a six month trial of the software, which will get me through next semester for less than half the price of the academic version.

I also like that the practice excercises allow me to use a little of my own discretion. Again, this might not be a big deal for others, but I hate getting micro-managed. I tend to shut down and not realy learn a whole lot, until I start experimenting on my own, but the book's format allows me to make enough of my own decisions that I don't feel like I am trapped. I realize that this is probably more of a personality issue, but if you need to learn some GIS fundamentals and hate authority then this book might just work out for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Doherty on May 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
This manual is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to learn the ArcGIS enviornment. I teach this professionally, and often recomend this as a good source for material. I highly recomend this to anyone who is starting out in the GIS field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Yusuf Arifien on June 7, 2008
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This book is a complete and easy to understand tutorial for beginners or self-study readers, it explains through examples, so readers can easily understand the subject. Full of graphics, step-by-step instructions, CD data for working with the tutorials, and 180 days trial ArcView 9.2 Software, make this book a complete tutorial book. Highly Recommended.
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It was not the best fit for me - as I worked the exercises, I found typographical errors and other errors that were misleading and confusing. I wished to have something more user friendly.
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By Oliver on August 6, 2013
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Google anything you need to know about ArcMap, books like this are really not as helpful to people like me, I need answers now, not absorption of dry material.
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