Friday, March 22, 2013

Good Book for GIS Beginners : Book II

Understanding GIS: An ArcGIS Project Workbook, is a very user-friendly written book for those interested to begin using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop 10 or ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 using real data from the City of Los Angeles' Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering's Mapping Division, and Department of Recreation and Parks and to manipulate it using the power of GIS.

 Don't expect to become a GIS expert at the end because this is simply a good introduction to ArcGIS. The book guides the reader step-by-step, mouse-click-by mouse-click, decision-by-decision through a GIS project to determine for yourself which locations along the river are best suited for public recreational use in Los Angeles. At the end, you will have learned many of the fundamentals of GIS generally and ArcGIS specifically which aims at finding a suitable land parcel(s)for a new park area in Los Angeles .You use real data which comes in the companion DVD. When you reach the final stage in chapter 6 and follow all the careful steps to manually select the best areas and you learned why you do so, you discover in the following chapter (chapter 7) that you can do the same in a much quicker way by using a visual graphing tool, a marvel in my opinion of ArcGIS Desktop.

1) Step by step guide to navigate in the ArcMap 10 and easy to use.
2) Covers fundamentals of GIS, ArcGIS and ArcMap 10.
3) Opportunity to play with real data from city/county government.
4) ArcGIS 10 demo version and data is comes with book.

1) Not intended for advanced ArcGIS 10 users.
2) Only focus on ArcMap 10.
3) Basic fundamental ideas only.

Other GIS beginner's books needed to be consider are:

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