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Getting to Know Arcgis Paperback – 13 July 2015
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- Publisher : Esri Press; 4th ed. edition (13 July 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 768 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1589483820
- ISBN-13 : 978-1589483828
- Dimensions : 19.69 x 4.45 x 22.86 cm
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Getting to Know ArcGIS, fourth edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the features and tools of ArcGIS for Desktop. Through hands-on exercises, readers will discover, use, make, and share maps with meaningful content. The fourth edition includes new exercises on map sharing and georeferencing, new datasets and scenarios, and an introduction to ArcGIS Pro, a powerful new part of ArcGIS. Getting to Know ArcGIS is suited for classroom use, independent study, and as a reference.
Data for completing the exercises and a 180-day free trial of ArcGIS are available for download at esripress.esri.com/bookresources.
Michael Law is a cartographer with over a decade of professional GIS experience. He has worked for Rand McNally Canada and for Esri, where he developed cartography for books, and edited and tested GIS workbooks. He continues to work with GIS software, writing technical documentation, teaching training courses, and designing and optimizing user interfaces.
Amy Collins is a writer and editor who has worked with GIS for thirteen years. She was a technical editor for Esri, where she honed her GIS skills and cultivated an interest in designing effective instructional materials. She continues to develop books on GIS education, among other projects.
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---- Layout ----
At 700 pages, there is certainly a lot of detail in the book! It has a very clean presentation with a clear headings, a nice modern appearance plenty of figures. The writing is generally very easy to follow
---- Content ----
The book is aimed at people getting started with ArcGIS. It therefore starts with pretty basic details, such as setting up models and displaying data.
As the book progresses, it discusses some of the geoprocessing tools which can be used. As GIS software can be used in so many different disciplines, the book does a great job in keeping it general enough to be useful regardless of your background. The tools are demonstrated with a large number of worked examples, and the supporting files which can be downloaded allow you to carry out the same process.
The book touches upon some of the more advanced features of ArcGIS, such as the ModelBuilder and using Spatial Analyst. It is useful to be made aware of these features, and helps provide the reader with a basic understanding
---- Who Should Buy It? ----
I think this is a great book for any person looking to learn GIS quickly. While nothing actually beats playing around with some real data, this book gives some great knowledge which can help reduce the time it takes to learn GIS.
I also think it is a great read for anyone who thinks they know GIS well but may want to fill gaps in their knowledge, as there are a lots of little hints and tricks shared in the book which can help make many processes easier. I personally discovered quite a few features which I hadn't known so it was definitely worth the read.
A great read, and it is a book I would certainly recommend.