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Web Mapping Illustrated

By Tyler Mitchell

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Overview
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.

Foreword
For novices and geospatial experts alike, mapping technologies are undergoing as significant a change as has been seen since mapping first went digital. The prior introduction of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other digital mapping technologies transformed traditional map making and introduced an era of specialists in these new geographic technologies. Today, an even newer set of technological advancements are bringing an equally massive change as digital mapping goes mainstream. The availability of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), broadband Internet access, mass storage hard drives, portable devices, and—most importantly—web technologies are accelerating the ability to incorporate geographic information into our daily lives. All these changes have occurred simultaneously and so quickly that the impact of only a fraction of the full potential of spatial technologies has yet been felt. read more

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