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About Gina Clemmer
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. Once you see the power of GIS, and see that you yourself can create maps easily, you simply can't unsee it. 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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The GIS 20: Essential Skills, third edition, presents step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and practical tips on how to perform the top 20 skills needed to successfully use a geographic information system (GIS). These skills include finding and editing data, querying GIS maps, creating reports, and sharing and publishing maps.
Note: This e-book requires ArcGIS software. You can download the ArcGIS Trial at http://www.esri.com/arcgis/trial, contact your school or business Esri Site License Administrator, or purchase a student or individual license through the Esri Store.