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Mastering QGIS Paperback – March 30, 2015
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About the Author
Kurt Menke, GISP
Kurt Menke, a certified GIS Professional (GISP), has been working in the GIS field since 1997. Prior to this, he worked as a professional archaeologist for 10 years in the American Southwest. He earned a master's degree (MA) in geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. That same year, he founded Bird's Eye View (www.BirdsEyeViewGIS.com) to apply his expertise with the GIS technology to the world's mounting ecological and social problems. Toward this end, Mr. Menke's work focuses largely on wildlife conservation and public health. His specialties are spatial analysis, modeling, and cartography. He is a longtime advocate of FOSS4G. He began writing MapServer applications in 2001 and has been using QGIS since 2007. He is one of the coauthors of the curriculum at the FOSS4G Academy (http://foss4geo.org/) and has been teaching FOSS4G college courses since 2009. In 2014, Kurt began authoring an award-winning blog on FOSS4G technologies and their use in community health mapping (http://communityhealthmaps.nlm.nih.gov/).
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I found most of the information, tips, and tricks to be quite useful. It is easy to read and understand the concepts presented and to follow along with the instructions for the examples they provide. Most of the necessary data for these exercises are made available as well. The book is written so that even if you follow along with the exercises provided, you can easily go back to reference the process to fit other projects.
I did run into a few issues, however. I had some difficulty getting several of the non-native tools to work. While the built-in tools worked properly, I could not get GRASS GIS 7, TauDEM, or R algorithms to run. I managed to get around some of these problems by using similar tools by other providers.
Despite these minor hiccups, overall I was very happy with the book and the skills I was able to acquire from it. I recommend this book for any beginner/intermediate QGIS user who wants to know more about the vast capabilities this program has to offer.
The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is that I felt there should have been better coverage on the use of industrial databases (E.G PostGIS, SQL Server, etc). Other than that I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning QGIS.