Web Mapping Illustrated

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Web Mapping Illustrated
By Tyler Mitchell
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Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: June 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00865-1
Pages: 368
 

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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.

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book cover
Web Mapping Illustrated
By Tyler Mitchell
...............................................
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: June 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00865-1
Pages: 368
 

Table of Contents  | Index  | Errata


   Copyright
   Foreword
   Preface
      Youthful Exploration
      The Tools in This Book
      What This Book Covers
      Organization of This Book
      Conventions Used in This Book
      Safari Enabled
      Comments and Questions
      Acknowledgments
      Chapter 1.  Introduction to Digital Mapping
      Section 1.1.  The Power of Digital Maps
      Section 1.2.  The Difficulties of Making Maps
      Section 1.3.  Different Kinds of Web Mapping
      Chapter 2.  Digital Mapping Tasks and Tools
      Section 2.1.  Common Mapping Tasks
      Section 2.2.  Common Pitfalls, Deadends, and Irritations
      Section 2.3.  Identifying the Types of Tasks for a Project
      Chapter 3.  Converting and Viewing Maps
      Section 3.1.  Raster and Vector
      Section 3.2.  OpenEV
      Section 3.3.  MapServer
      Section 3.4.  Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL)
      Section 3.5.  OGR Simple Features Library
      Section 3.6.  PostGIS
      Section 3.7.  Summary of Applications
      Chapter 4.  Installing MapServer
      Section 4.1.  How MapServer Applications Operate
      Section 4.2.  Walkthrough of the Main Components
      Section 4.3.  Installing MapServer
      Section 4.4.  Getting Help
      Chapter 5.  Acquiring Map Data
      Section 5.1.  Appraising Your Data Needs
      Section 5.2.  Acquiring the Data You Need
      Chapter 6.  Analyzing Map Data
      Section 6.1.  Downloading the Demonstration Data
      Section 6.2.  Installing Data Management Tools: GDAL and FWTools
      Section 6.3.  Examining Data Content
      Section 6.4.  Summarizing Information Using Other Tools
      Chapter 7.  Converting Map Data
      Section 7.1.  Converting Map Data
      Section 7.2.  Converting Vector Data
      Section 7.3.  Converting Raster Data to Other Formats
      Chapter 8.  Visualizing Mapping Data in a Desktop Program
      Section 8.1.  Visualization and Mapping Programs
      Section 8.2.  Using OpenEV
      Section 8.3.  OpenEV Basics
      Chapter 9.  Create and Edit Personal Map Data
      Section 9.1.  Planning Your Map
      Section 9.2.  Preprocessing Data Examples
      Chapter 10.  Creating Static Maps
      Section 10.1.  MapServer Utilities
      Section 10.2.  Sample Uses of the Command-Line Utilities
      Section 10.3.  Setting Output Image Formats
      Chapter 11.  Publishing Interactive Maps on the Web
      Section 11.1.  Preparing and Testing MapServer
      Section 11.2.  Create a Custom Application for a Particular Area
      Section 11.3.  Continuing Education
      Chapter 12.  Accessing Maps Through Web Services
      Section 12.1.  Web Services for Mapping
      Section 12.2.  What Do Web Services for Mapping Do?
      Section 12.3.  Using MapServer with Web Services
      Section 12.4.  Reference Map Files
      Chapter 13.  Managing a Spatial Database
      Section 13.1.  Introducing PostGIS
      Section 13.2.  What Is a Spatial Database?
      Section 13.3.  Downloading PostGIS Install Packages and Binaries
      Section 13.4.  Compiling from Source Code
      Section 13.5.  Steps for Setting Up PostGIS
      Section 13.6.  Creating a Spatial Database
      Section 13.7.  Load Data into the Database
      Section 13.8.  Spatial Data Queries
      Section 13.9.  Accessing Spatial Data from PostGIS in Other Applications
      Chapter 14.  Custom Programming with MapServer's MapScript
      Section 14.1.  Introducing MapScript
      Section 14.2.  Getting MapScript
      Section 14.3.  MapScript Objects
      Section 14.4.  MapScript Examples
      Section 14.5.  Other Resources
      Section 14.6.  Parallel MapScript Translations
      Appendix A.  A Brief Introduction to Map Projections
      Section A.1.  The Third Spheroid from the Sun
      Section A.2.  Using Map Projections with MapServer
      Section A.3.  Map Projection Examples
      Section A.4.  Using Projections with Other Applications
      Section A.5.  References
      Appendix B.  MapServer Reference Guide for Vector Data Access
      Section B.1.  Vector Data
      Section B.2.  Data Format Guide
      ESRI Shapefiles (SHP)
      PostGIS/PostgreSQL Database
      MapInfo Files (TAB/MID/MIF)
      Oracle Spatial Database
      Web Feature Service (WFS)
      Geography Markup Language Files (GML)
      VirtualSpatialData (ODBC/OVF)
      TIGER/Line Files
      ESRI ArcInfo Coverage Files
      ESRI ArcSDE Database (SDE)
      Microstation Design Files (DGN)
      IHO S-57 Files
      Spatial Data Transfer Standard Files (SDTS)
      Inline MapServer Features
      National Transfer Format Files (NTF)
   Colophon
      About the Author
      Colophon
   Index
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