Recent Books on Geospatial Free/Libre Open Source Software

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These are recent geospatial books involving free/libre open source software (from 2010 to 2012): PostGIS, OpenStreetMap, OpenLayers, GDAL/OGR and QGIS among others.

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The Geospatial Desktop

This book provides a foundational level of knowledge for understanding GIS and the open source desktop mapping applications that are available for use, for free, today. Learn about vector and raster data, how to convert data, interacting with spatial databases, creating new map data, geoprocessing, scripting, and more. Special sections include focused learning on the Quantum GIS and GRASS GIS software platforms but other packages are also introduced. The Geospatial Desktop is written by the creator of Quantum GIS, so you can rest assured that you will be led by one of the most knowledgeable authors on the subject.

 

Programming GPS and OpenStreetMap Applications with Java: The RealObject Application Framework

Written by an expert in the development of GPS systems with digital maps and navigation, Programming GPS and OpenStreetMap Applications with Java: The RealObject Application Framework provides a concrete paradigm for object-oriented modeling and programming. It presents a thorough introduction to the use of available global positioning data for the development of applications involving digital maps.

 

Online Maps with APIs and WebServices (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)

The Internet has become the major form of map delivery. The current presentation of maps is based on the use of online services. This session examines developments related to online methods of map delivery, particularly Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) and MapServices in general, including Google Maps API and similar services. Map mashups have had a major impact on how spatial information is presented. The advantage of using a major online mapping site is that the maps represent a common and recognizable representation of the world. Overlaying features on top of these maps provides a frame of reference for the map user. A particular advantage for thematic mapping is the ability to spatially reference thematic data.

 

Geospatial Free and Open Source Software in the 21st Century (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)

This book contains papers presented at the first Open Source Geospatial Research Symposium held in Nantes City, France, 8-10 July, 2009. It brings together insights and ideas in the fields of Geospatial Information and Geoinformatics. It demonstrates the scientific community dynamism related to open source and free software as well as in defining new concepts, standards or tools.

 

Springer Handbook of Geographic Information

Computer science provides a powerful tool that was virtually unknown three generations ago. Some of the classical fields of knowledge are geodesy (surveying), cartography, and geography. Electronics have revolutionized geodetic methods. Cartography has faced the dominance of the computer that results in simplified cartographic products. All three fields make use of basic components such as the Internet and databases. The Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is organized in three parts, Basics, Geographic Information and Applications. Some parts of the basics belong to the larger field of computer science. However, the reader gets a comprehensive view on geographic information because the topics selected from computer science have a close relation to geographic information. The Springer Handbook of Geographic Information is written for scientists at universities and industry as well as advanced and PhD students.

 

Open Source Based Web-GIS Technology for Voter ID Verification: A Case Study of K.K.Nagar, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Open source is an approach to design, development, and distribution offering practical accessibility to a product’s source (goods and knowledge). A Geographic Information System is a system for management, analysis, and display of geographic knowledge, which is represented using a series of information sets such as maps, geographic data sets, processing and work flow models, data models, and metadata. Electoral GIS is an important information system to find out the voters list with their residential map and their addresses to check the correct address with their location. In present time, open source initiative has gained momentum and projects are being developed using open source products. Hence, an attempt is made to develop a GIS based application tool for Voter ID address verification with their residential maps. With the help of this application, people and officials can verify the address and solve the address mismatches.

 

Participatory Geospatial Development Using Python (Volume 1)

The book contains discussion on raster and vector data processing using Python binding of GDAL/OGR library. Also, different approaches of representing spatial reference system are enumerated. There is a discussion on LIDAR data processing using Python binding of libLAS library. Apart from processing geospatial data, the book also covers plotting of geospatial data. The last chapter deals with freely available geospatial data, such as ASTER GDEM, SRTM data.

 

OpenLayers Cookbook

60 recipes to create GIS web applications with the open source JavaScript library

  • Understand the main concepts about maps, layers, controls, protocols, events etc
  • Learn about the important tile providers and WMS servers
  • Packed with code examples and screenshots for practical, easy learning

 

PostGIS in Action

PostGIS in Action is the first book devoted entirely to PostGIS. It will help both new and experienced users write spatial queries to solve real-world problems. For those with experience in more traditional relational databases, this book provides a background in vector-based GIS so you can quickly move to analyzing, viewing, and mapping data. Advanced users will learn how to optimize queries for maximum speed, simplify geometries for greater efficiency, and create custom functions suited specifically to their applications. It also discusses the new features available in PostgreSQL 9.0 /9.1 and PostGIS 2.0 and provides tutorials on using additional open source GIS tools in conjunction with PostGIS.

 

OpenStreetMap

This book introduces the OSM project, its aims and objectives, and its history, then guides you through the process of gathering, editing, and using OpenStreetMap data using a series of real-world examples. This book is the perfect aid for geographic-information professionals interested in using OpenStreetMap in their work and web designers and developers who want to include mapping in their sites, and want a distinctive style. It is for you if you have a need to use maps and geographic data for work or leisure, and want accurate, up-to-date maps showing the information you’re interested in, without details you don’t need. If you want to use maps for navigation and want more or less detail than traditional printed maps give this book is perfect for you.

 

Python Geospatial Development

This book introduces the OSM project, its aims and objectives, and its history, then guides you through the process of gathering, editing, and using OpenStreetMap data using a series of real-world examples. This book is the perfect aid for geographic-information professionals interested in using OpenStreetMap in their work and web designers and developers who want to include mapping in their sites, and want a distinctive style. It is for you if you have a need to use maps and geographic data for work or leisure, and want accurate, up-to-date maps showing the information you’re interested in, without details you don’t need. If you want to use maps for navigation and want more or less detail than traditional printed maps give this book is perfect for you.

 

The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data

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.

 

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