Web Mapping IllustratedBook - 2005
Provides information on how to create custom maps from tools available over the Internet.
This text explains the use of number of open source software tools useful in the field of computerized mapping and geographic information systems. He covers mapping and data-management concepts, command-line data-management tools, command-line and web-based mapping tools, and spatial database management. The specific tools discussed are the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library with OGR, a collection of application programming interfaces and command-line utilities for raster and vector data; OpenEV for desktop GIS and imagery analysis; UMN MapServer, which includes command-line tools to build CGI web applications; and PostGIS, an extension to the PostgreSQL database management system that allows the user to store and manipulate spatial data alongside tabular data. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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With the help of the Internet and accompanying tools, creating and publishing online maps has become easier and rich with options. A city guide web site can use maps to show the location of restaurants, museums, and art venues. A business can post a map for reaching its offices. The state government can present a map showing average income by area.Developers who want to publish maps on the web often discover that commercial tools cost too much and hunting down the free tools scattered across Internet can use up too much of your time and resources. Web Mapping Illustrated shows you how to create maps, even interactive maps, with free tools, including MapServer, OpenEV, GDAL/OGR, and PostGIS. It also explains how to find, collect, understand, use, and share mapping data, both over the traditional Web and using OGC-standard services like WFS and WMS.Mapping is a growing field that goes beyond collecting and analyzing GIS data. Web Mapping Illustrated shows how to combine free geographic data, GPS, and data management tools into one resource for your mapping information needs so you don't have to lose your way while searching for it.Remember the fun you had exploring the world with maps? Experience the fun again with Web Mapping Illustrated. This book will take you on a direct route to creating valuable maps.