Satellite Image Analysis and Terrain Modelling is a practical manual for natural resource management, disaster risk and development planning using free geospatial data and software. Find out how to download this manual and the free GIs software used in it …
OpenStreetMap User Guide
If you have been following our OpenStreetMap topic over the past few months then I am sure you have come to the realize that it is a community driven project and that anyone can edit OpenStreetMaps. But where does one start?
Below are some resource documents to help you get started using OpenStreetMap created by LearnOSM. These documents provide easy to understand, step-by-step guides that will explain how you can start contributing to OpenStreetMap and using OpenStreetMap data in your projects.
The beginner guide provides step by step instructions to help users get started with OpenStreetMap. It teaches how to create a free account, how to use the map editing tools, and how to collect information to create custom maps with.
OpenStreetMap Beginner Guide
- Introduction to OSM
- Starting OSM
- Editing with Potlatch
- Getting Started with JOSM
- JOSM Plug ins
- Using the GPS
- GPS: extrex20
- Walking Papers
- Editing with JOSM
- Imagery Offset
- Moving Forward
OpenStreetMap Intermediate Guid
The openstreetmap Intermediate Guide concentrates more on the details of editing and validating as well as shortcuts and ways that people can contribute to the openstreetmap community.
- Editing in Detail
- Conflict Resolution
- Using Orbview Imagery in JOSM
- Quality Assurance
- Tasking Manager
- Editing the Wiki
- Creating Custom Presets
- Private Data Store
The openstreetmap Advanced Guide is intended for users who have some experience with openstreetmap and have already covered the topics found in the Beginner and Intermediate guides.
OpenStreetMap Advanced Guide
- PostGIS Configuration
- Cartography with TileMill
- Putting Maps on a Website
- Github Sharing
- WMS Service Configuration
- Private Data Storage Configuration
- Projections and File Types
- SQLite Databases
- Virtual Machine Setup
PCI Geomatica Python Cookbook
PCI’s Geomatica Python Cookbook is an online resource for python users who want to use python with PCI Geomatica (note: a full feature trial is available from PCI for those that do not have the software).
Geomatica’s python library offers geospatial developers and solution providers a powerful set of remote sensing, photogrammetry, image processing, image analysis and information extraction tools.
The Geomatica python cookbook is a great way to help new users looking to familiarize themselves with Geomatica’s python library and common workflows. It is also a great resource for more advanced users, as it contains useful code snippets that can be easily “plugged in” to a python script.
For more details and to access the full Geomatica python cookbook see http://pcigeomatics.github.io/PCI-Geomatics-Python-Cookbook/
If you come across other books or reaources that you think would be benifical to our readers then let us know.
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Earth Observation for Water Resources Management
Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector edited by Luis García, Diego Rodríguez, Marcus Wijnen and Inge Pakulski provides a series of practical guidelines that industry leaders can use to decide if remote sensing would be useful to solve their problems.
Water contributes to all aspects of economic and social development and although the use of remote sensing techniques for operational purposes in hydrology and water resources is not new, is has become a fast-growing industry.
“Water lies at the heart of economic and social development and is thus a critical factor in poverty reduction. Growing economies and populations require better water management to keep up with the demand for energy and food and to ensure access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Twenty-first century growth requires modern tools to help countries to understand their water challenges, risks, and options.
Remote sensing enables coverage over large areas and spans of time without heavy field personnel requirements, and its accessibility, reliability, and accuracy have improved dramatically in recent years. While both in situ and remote sensing measurements are subject to specific limitations, researchers have developed techniques that can combine or correlate data from both methods to benefit each other’s strengths.
Understanding the potential combinations of available options has been a challenge for many practitioners. For this reason, Earth Observation for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector aims to shed light on the strengths and limitations of remote sensing in order to help specialists to provide decision makers with fast and reliable information.” Jennifer Sara, The World Bank Group
Earth Observation for Water Resources Management was the result of a collaborative joint effort involving the World Bank, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the University of Arizona. It describes some key global water issues, perspectives for using remote sensing approaches, and why it is importance for water resources. The 11 chapter publication describes eight key types of water resources and various sensors that can help provide valuable information. The book concludes literature review on reliability statistics of remote sensed calculations.
Advancing Geographic Information Science: the past and next twenty years
Last summer (2015) marked the 25th anniversary of first International Early Career Scholars Summer Institute in Geographic Information. In celebration of the success of those institutes, scholars were invited to submit papers that would become part of a new 30 chapter digital e-book published by the GSDI Association Press.
Advancing Geographic Information Science, edited by H. Onsrud and W. Kuhn is the result of several invited and solicited submissions on Advancing Geographic Information Science. The main theme ‘Past and Next Twenty Years’ was chosen to help review the research challenges experienced over the past twenty years while discussing some of challenges that will emerge during the next twenty.
Some of the technical influences on GIScience described in the book include databases, open source software, spatial data, GPS, web mapping services, mobile computing, crowdsourced data, and many other GIS related topics.
If you are concerned about data and many of the other issues surrounding GIS in the geospatial community, including ‘where the field has been‘ and ‘where the field is headed‘, then downloading and reading this book will be well worth your time. It can be ordered in print or downloaded digitally for free
The GIM 2016 Business Guide contains a series of interviews with key players and experts in the geomatics industry (including the article Trends in the Geomatics Market for 2016 by T MacKinnon), geospatial company listings, extensive product and market reports, an events calendar and more. It is distributed among subscribers of GIM International, visitors of international trade shows throughout the year and is available free as a downloadable online edition.
City Maps coloring book for adults
Recently adults all over the world have suddenly started to go crazy over coloring books. This coloring book fad started a few years back, when “Secret Garden – An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford was published in 2013.
These days, you will find adult themed coloring books almost everywhere and featuring a wide range of themes from Harry Potter to Star Wars.
Now Gretchen Peterson, a well known author in the cartography world has brought this latest craze to the geospatial community. Coloring maps can be very relaxing, especially when it is for fun and you do not have to worry about the end product.
So there was this one time when I said Why are there no map coloring books? And everyone was like Yeah why not?!
— Gretchen Peterson (@PetersonGIS) March 25, 2016
“City Maps: A coloring book for adults” includes over 44 black and white maps from all over the world (from Paris to New York City …) , just waiting to be customized with your own cartographic color combinations. Anyone can color these real world maps any way they want! A great book to add to your growing cartography library …
“City Maps: A coloring book for adults” will become available April 1 2016, but is available to pre-order here …
A Complete Guide to Creative Map making’s History, Process and Inspiration
The Art of Illustrated Maps by John Roman is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” style mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates common not-to-scale maps as the “creative non-fiction of cartography,” and in his 208 page book, reveals how and why our minds instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in creating imaginative maps.
“For the ancients, maps were the most valuable tool in comprehending and conceptualizing the complexities of their planet and the universe.”
The book maps the origins and history of creative cartography, analyzes why our brains so easily relate to conceptual style maps, presents how professional artists create illustrated maps, and showcases some of the works of contemporary map illustrators from all around the world.
The GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook is a well written step-by-step guide with easy to understand directions and tutorials. Book 2 from the Esri Guide to GIS Analysis series, allows users to build upon GIS concepts by exploring spatial analysis methods, including location analysis, geographic distribution, pattern analysis and much more.
Open Data: Questions and Answers by George A Duckett
If you have a question about OpenData then Open Data – Questions and Answers will have all the answers you are looking for. It takes some of the most popular questions from the opendata.stackexchange.com website and answers them in detail.
You can use this book to look up commonly asked questions, browse questions on a particular topic, compare answers to common topics, check out the original source and much more. It has been designed to be very easy to use, with several internal references set up that makes browsing in many different ways possible. It covers a wide range of open data sources including North American & International geospatial data sets.
The digital Kindle version contains links to resources and web sites referenced in the answers.
- Data Requests
- Geospatial Data
- Releasing Data
- Government Data
- API Requests
- Tool Requests
- Best Practices and much more