- Series: The GIS 20
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Esri Press; Third edition (January 22, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589485122
- ISBN-13: 978-1589485129
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 71 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The GIS 20: Essential Skills Third Edition
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About the Author
This book is an extension of my passion to help everyday people quickly learn the fundamentals of ArcGIS®. I have taught over 20,000 students 16 to 85 years old from all walks of life--fishing villages in Alaska, executives in Times Square, bureaucrats in Washington, DC. And with slight variation, they all wanted to do the same key things with ArcGIS. Over the past decade, it has been my passion to provide an applied approach to teaching geographic information systems (GIS) to busy professionals via my GIS Essentials™ Workshop (now taught online by yours truly).
I believe the fundamentals of GIS (and ArcMap®, specifically) can be taught
* quickly. I do not believe GIS is the deeply complicated discipline many make it out to be.
* using a project-based paradigm in which completing a concrete task is the goal versus using a layered or building-block approach. In other words, I don't think you must know the inner workings of the GIS to create common types of maps.
* by learning what is most frequently used by most people (and therefore most important to understand) and skipping the rest. I do not believe you must know every aspect of ArcMap to successfully complete common GIS tasks.
* using everyday language versus technical jargon.
The 20 chapters that follow reflect 20 years of market research from 20,000 students asking me "How do I ...?" These students were just like you: new to GIS, some excited about the prospect of being able to map their data, some only there because their bosses said they had to be--but after learning the fundamentals of ArcGIS, all were GIS converts. GIS will change the way you think about presenting data and solving problems. It is my hope to give you ideas and tools, and through sophisticated problem-solving and the persuasion of maps, you can go out there and do good work and make the world a better place.
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My only real complaint about the book is that it lacks an index. Since multiple tasks are embedded in one "essential skill" within the book, it was sometimes difficult to figure out where I had seen instructions for performing a task if I needed to do it in some other context. Thus, although this book is good for talking you through the 20 skills, expect to do a bit of page-flipping and growling if you are trying to apply the concepts to other skills and need to refer back to a specific task.
That being said, I think this book is great as a refresher course for those who need to get acquainted with updated software and as a reference for performing the 20 essential skills it is focused on. I felt it was well worth the price!
It is a good review for those that have not used ArcGIS for a while, or those familiar with version 9.3 and need to transition to version 10. The 20 skills are introductory to intermediate and do not cover more advanced skills. For those using the text as a bridge to version 10, this should be enough to make the transition. It was for me.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone making the transition to version 10. The local university is using this book as a text for a special topic course for those students that are near the end of their certification. Up to this point they have used version 9.3 and want to transition to version 10 to improve their resumes.