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Web GIS: Principles and Applications

New Book from Esri Press

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The Web has become a significant component of GIS, whether the use is for commercial business or a nonprofit or government agency. The latest publication from Esri Press, Web GIS: Principles and Applications, offers principles, concepts, and techniques to guide readers toward an understanding of how the Web can expand and modernize the way GIS technology is used.

Pinde Fu and Jiulin Sun, authors of Web GIS, believe that the Web has a variety of uses for GIS applications and that harnessing the power of it will greatly benefit, or even determine, the future of many organizations.

Professionals, organizations, and the public are able to better share and collaborate using the Web; GIS is then more accessible to a wide range of users—and at a much lower cost. "Nowadays, you can discover lots of resources from the Web or the cloud—data, maps, models," states Fu, a senior developer and project lead for Esri Professional Services.

This book explores the evolution, applications, and future trends of Web GIS. Several topics are discussed, including geospatial Web services, REST Web services, cloud computing, geoportals, mashups, mobile GIS, Gov 2.0, business intelligence, virtual reality, volunteered geographic information, geotagging, and geotargeting.

Web GIS addresses an area not easily or collectively covered elsewhere. It focuses on methodology and principles of the growing technology being careful to avoid extensive details on software versions.

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