Web Mapping Illustrated: Using Open Source GIS Toolkits

Web Mapping Illustrated: Using Open Source GIS Toolkits

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by Tyler Mitchell
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596554866
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/17/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
372
File size:
9 MB

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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Web Mapping Illustrated 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.