Synopses & Reviews
The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data gives users of geographic information systems (GIS) relevant information about the sources and quality of available public domain spatial data. Readers will understand how to find, evaluate, and analyze data to solve location-based problems. This guide covers practical issues such as copyrights, cloud computing, online data portals, volunteered geographic information, and international data. Supplementary exercises are available online to help put the concepts into practice. Students, researchers, and professionals will find The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data a useful desk companion to help them navigate the world of spatial data in the public domain.
About the Author
Joseph J. Kerski has been a geographer and cartographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Geological Survey. He is an education manager for Esri in Denver, Colorado, and is past president of the National Council for Geographic Education.
Jill Clark, a freelance consultant and technical author, has worked in many areas of GIS, including application development and implementation, software development, service provision, and technical writing.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Michael F. Goodchild
1. Spatial data and the public domain
2. Spatial data models, vector data and data quality
3.Raster data and privacy issues
4.Spatial data: true cost and local access
5.National and state data portals and metadata standards
6. International spatial data infrastructures
7. Putting public domain spatial data to work
8. The data user as data provider
9. Public domain data on the cloud
10. The future of public domain data and GIS