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With the help of the Internet and accompanying tools, creating and publishing online maps has become easier and rich with options. A city guide web site can use maps to show the location of restaurants, museums, and art venues. A business can post a map for reaching its offices. The state government can present a map showing average income by area.Developers who want to publish maps on the web often discover that commercial tools cost too much and hunting down the free tools scattered across Internet can use up ...

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Web Mapping Illustrated: Using Open Source GIS Toolkits

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With the help of the Internet and accompanying tools, creating and publishing online maps has become easier and rich with options. A city guide web site can use maps to show the location of restaurants, museums, and art venues. A business can post a map for reaching its offices. The state government can present a map showing average income by area.Developers who want to publish maps on the web often discover that commercial tools cost too much and hunting down the free tools scattered across Internet can use up too much of your time and resources. Web Mapping Illustrated shows you how to create maps, even interactive maps, with free tools, including MapServer, OpenEV, GDAL/OGR, and PostGIS. It also explains how to find, collect, understand, use, and share mapping data, both over the traditional Web and using OGC-standard services like WFS and WMS.Mapping is a growing field that goes beyond collecting and analyzing GIS data. Web Mapping Illustrated shows how to combine free geographic data, GPS, and data management tools into one resource for your mapping information needs so you don't have to lose your way while searching for it.Remember the fun you had exploring the world with maps? Experience the fun again with Web Mapping Illustrated. This book will take you on a direct route to creating valuable maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008659
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/24/2005
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Tyler Mitchell is the author of Web Mapping Illustrated - a book focused on teaching how to use popular Open Source Geospatial Toolkits. He works as the Executive Director of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, aka OSGeo.

He has over a dozen years of industrial geospatial and GIS experience in natural resource management and forestry in western Canada. He came to open source to find tools that he could use throughout his career as a geospatial professional. What he found were tools that could dramatically improve enterprise, corporate-wide, geospatial data management and communication.

He is an avid proponent of the popular web mapping program, MapServer, and other spatial data management tools including PostGIS, GDAL/OGR and QGIS. His work and interests include geospatial and tabular data management, analysis, manipulation and visualization through maps.

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Table of Contents

Youthful Exploration;
The Tools in This Book;
What This Book Covers;
Organization of This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Safari Enabled;
Comments and Questions;
Chapter 1: Introduction to Digital Mapping;
1.1 The Power of Digital Maps;
1.2 The Difficulties of Making Maps;
1.3 Different Kinds of Web Mapping;
Chapter 2: Digital Mapping Tasks and Tools;
2.1 Common Mapping Tasks;
2.2 Common Pitfalls, Deadends, and Irritations;
2.3 Identifying the Types of Tasks for a Project;
Chapter 3: Converting and Viewing Maps;
3.1 Raster and Vector;
3.2 OpenEV;
3.3 MapServer;
3.4 Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL);
3.5 OGR Simple Features Library;
3.6 PostGIS;
3.7 Summary of Applications;
Chapter 4: Installing MapServer;
4.1 How MapServer Applications Operate;
4.2 Walkthrough of the Main Components;
4.3 Installing MapServer;
4.4 Getting Help;
Chapter 5: Acquiring Map Data;
5.1 Appraising Your Data Needs;
5.2 Acquiring the Data You Need;
Chapter 6: Analyzing Map Data;
6.1 Downloading the Demonstration Data;
6.2 Installing Data Management Tools: GDAL and FWTools;
6.3 Examining Data Content;
6.4 Summarizing Information Using Other Tools;
Chapter 7: Converting Map Data;
7.1 Converting Map Data;
7.2 Converting Vector Data;
7.3 Converting Raster Data to Other Formats;
Chapter 8: Visualizing Mapping Data in a Desktop Program;
8.1 Visualization and Mapping Programs;
8.2 Using OpenEV;
8.3 OpenEV Basics;
Chapter 9: Create and Edit Personal Map Data;
9.1 Planning Your Map;
9.2 Preprocessing Data Examples;
Chapter 10: Creating Static Maps;
10.1 MapServer Utilities;
10.2 Sample Uses of the Command-Line Utilities;
10.3 Setting Output Image Formats;
Chapter 11: Publishing Interactive Maps on the Web;
11.1 Preparing and Testing MapServer;
11.2 Create a Custom Application for a Particular Area;
11.3 Continuing Education;
Chapter 12: Accessing Maps Through Web Services;
12.1 Web Services for Mapping;
12.2 What Do Web Services for Mapping Do?;
12.3 Using MapServer with Web Services;
12.4 Reference Map Files;
Chapter 13: Managing a Spatial Database;
13.1 Introducing PostGIS;
13.2 What Is a Spatial Database?;
13.3 Downloading PostGIS Install Packages and Binaries;
13.4 Compiling from Source Code;
13.5 Steps for Setting Up PostGIS;
13.6 Creating a Spatial Database;
13.7 Load Data into the Database;
13.8 Spatial Data Queries;
13.9 Accessing Spatial Data from PostGIS in Other Applications;
Chapter 14: Custom Programming with MapServer's MapScript;
14.1 Introducing MapScript;
14.2 Getting MapScript;
14.3 MapScript Objects;
14.4 MapScript Examples;
14.5 Other Resources;
14.6 Parallel MapScript Translations;
Appendix A: A Brief Introduction to Map Projections;
A.1 The Third Spheroid from the Sun;
A.2 Using Map Projections with MapServer;
A.3 Map Projection Examples;
A.4 Using Projections with Other Applications;
A.5 References;
Appendix B: MapServer Reference Guide for Vector Data Access;
B.1 Vector Data;
B.2 Data Format Guide;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2005

    Excellent MapServer reference

    This is a very thorough book when it comes to understanding and using MapServer, however, I think the title is a little inappropriate. This book would be more accurately called Web Mapping with MapServer Illustrated. If you read this book with the understanding of using MapServer, you will not be disappointed. The author does an excellent job of guiding the reader from installing MapServer, to collecting mapping data, to actually implementing your solution on the web (including using web services). If you follow the author¿s directions, you will be able to quickly get a mapping system in place. However, through further reading, it becomes obvious that the initial configuration of a mapping system is pretty trivial compared to the actual collection, storage, and implementation of mapping information. After reading this book, I was very impressed with the author¿s depth and breadth of knowledge in the subject of electronic mapping. It is obvious the author knows what he is talking about, but is able to discuss issues in a way that does not alienate the beginner. In any case, this book is a fascinating read to get an idea of what some commercial mapping applications (e.g. MapQuest) might look like behind the scenes.

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