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October 7, 2003
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Tech Professor Writes GIS Book
Dr. Maribeth Price, associate professor in the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, has written the book, “Mastering ArcGIS.” The book came out in September 2003 and is currently available at the South Dakota Tech bookstore and on Amazon.com.
Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, provide ways to view, edit, and analyze map data, much as a word processor provides ways to work with written data, or a database program provides tools for managing information. For example, the popular Internet sites that provide driving directions based on an address you give them work using GIS technology. Often, the maps you see in a newspaper or a magazine article have been produced using GIS.
The book serves as an introduction to GIS, and is the reader’s partner in developing the skills needed to succeed in this rapidly developing field. Based on the widely-used ArcGIS software developed by ESRI, Inc., the book provides extensive training in GIS concepts and skills for either a student in a classroom setting or a professional working alone. It is the first GIS book to use short narrated video clips on a CD that demonstrate the techniques covered in the text.
Students and professionals are increasingly turning to geographic information systems (GIS) to assemble and analyze information about features on our planet, both natural and man-made. The sophisticated capabilities of GIS support enhanced decision-making across a broad spectrum of fields, including natural resources, land use planning, business applications, education and more. Many people are finding GIS skills a valuable asset to their chosen professions, and the need for well-trained analysts is growing. The state of South Dakota recently
concluded a statewide license agreement with ESRI, Inc. to place GIS software in K-12 schools throughout the state.
Price started the book in the summer of 2001 as the result of an award from the Governor Janklow “Teaching with Technology” program that funded faculty at the state universities on projects related to bringing technology into the classroom.
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