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Put the world of GIS data resources at your command—
GIS users routinely encounter key questions about the dataneeded for their projects: Where did the data come from? Is thisthe best data available? How can the data be loaded to make itwork? What about creating original data? With a broad range of GISdata options to choose from, knowing how to find, select, and usethe most appropriate resources for different purposes is absolutelyessential in order to keep costs down and make the most of thetechnology.
Filled with crucial information for today's GIS users, this bookoffers a comprehensive, straightforward reporting on GIS datasources--what they are, hot to find them, and how to determine theright source for a given project. Beginning with a thorough reviewof the basic GIS data types and groups, GIS DataSources shows hot to define specific data needs for aproject and accurately envision how the data will look and act onceit is applied.
The next step is to locate and obtain the data. Here the bookpresents a wealth of data sources, with added guidance on creatingoriginal data and important information on suitable applicationsfor different types of data. Nuts-and-bolts material on dataformats, media, compression, and downloading helps users acquireand use GIS data easily and avoid the technical snags that can slowa project down.
In addition, the book's extensive resource listings providedetails on where to find GIS information on the Internet, and acomplementary Web site (www.gisdatasources.com) provides furtherdata links and updates to help jump-start your projects.
With invaluable time-and cost-saving advice and answers to ahost of common GIS data questions, GIS Data Sourcesis a powerful new tool for users of the technology in anyfield.
Drew Decker is Texas State Cartographer with the Texas NaturalResources Information System in Austin, Texas. He serves asCo-chair of the Texas Geographic Information Council's TechnicalAdvisory Committee and is the Project Manager of the TexasStrategic Mapping Program.