Internet Sources of Information about
Geographic Information Systems


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Information about GIS

AGI GIS Dictionary
University of Edinburgh, Dept. of Geography and Association for Geographic Information. Definitions of more than 900 terms relating to GIS.
GIS Frequently Asked Questions
Answers questions about GIS, plus sources of information on GIS courses, professional organizations, publications of interest, internet sites, information on how to FTP publications and software from various sites.
Introduction to GIS
By U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. Topics include: "What is a GIS?", "How does it work?", "What's special about a GIS?", "Applications of GIS", all with links to brief introductory text files on relevant subtopics.
GIS Analysis with ARC/INFO
By Shane Murnion. Tutorial using a logging company example to describe methods of simple spatial analysis (buffering, erase, digital elevation modeling, grid operations, overlay operations, info operations). Includes sample map coverages as well as specific ARC/INFO command lines to be entered. Also includes a section on using TINs for visualization, with a sample image of the Holy Land.
Florida SFRC GIS Tutorial
By Daniel P. Brackett, Remote Sensing and GIS Lab, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida. Described as a tutorial, but more correctly a lecture on general features of GIS. Mentions ARC/INFO commands but does not detail their use in the same way as Murnion tutorial.
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Bibliographies, Indexes and Publications Online

GIS and Related Journals Online
By Bill Thoen. Links to a variety of online publications and newsletters.
Canadian Geomatics Source Book
Produced by the Geomatics Industry Association of Canada. Useful source for names and contacts of companies, government departments and organizations working in geomatics in Canada.
GIS Master Bibliography Project
By Duane Marble, Dept. of Geography, Ohio State University. Keyword searchable database of citations to current GIS literature including books, journal articles, conference proceedings and individual papers. International in scope, includes both technical and applications-based articles. Very comprehensive and easy to use, providing full citation and abstract.
GEOWEB Project Homepage
Project to facilitate location of geographic information on the internet. Includes links to information suppliers, metadata sites, research papers and U.S. geographic data archives.
SpatialNews Monthly Newsletter
GIS news magazine, monthly since January 1999. Produced by GeoComm International Corp., Florida. Features GIS industry news highlights and press releases, book reviews, educational resources, pointers to GIS datasets.
GeoPlace.com
Commercial publisher of several GIS journals. Includes the Table of Contents and feature article from current issues of GIS World, and GIS software reviews.
GIS Guide to Good Practice
Produced by the Arts and Humanities Data Service. Provides GIS data producers and users with sound guidelines to follow when creating and archiving digital data. Aimed at archaeologists, but of equal value to any discipline. Other "Guides to Good Practice" include Archiving Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing Data: A Guide to Good Practice and Digital Archives from Excavation and Fieldwork: Guide to Good Practice.
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News and Newsgroups

GIS-Related Mailing Lists
By Bill Thoen. A comprehensive list of news groups and listservs relating to GIS.
GIS Jobs Clearinghouse
Central clearinghouse and archive for announcements of jobs in the GIS field.
Remote Sensing and GIS Mailing Lists
Includes links to archives of the ARC/INFO Users List (ESRI-L), IMAGRS-L, and GIS Jobs (UK).

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General GIS Guides and Homepages

On-Line Resources for Earth Scientists (ORES)
By Bill Thoen and Ted Smith. An excellent collection of resources and sites of interest. Good starting point for any exploration of the internet.
The GIS Notebook
By Bill Thoen. A collection of the best GIS resource lists, GIS journals online, GIS job resources, and other issues relating to GIS delivery and activity on the internet.
Earth and Environmental Science Internet Resources
Maintained by U.S. Geological Survey. Links to homepages of interest, including NAISMap and U.S. government sites.
Geographic Information Processing Resources
University of South Carolina, Dept. of Geography. Comprehensive list of links, alphabetical.
U.S. Geological Survey GIS
Links to National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, U.S.G.S. Data Products catalogue, and sources of software, standards, publications and other resources. Sections on "How does a GIS work?", "What's special about a GIS?", "Applications of GIS"
GEOWEB Project Homepage
Project to facilitate location of geographic information on the internet. Includes links to information suppliers, metadata sites, research papers and U.S. geographic data archives.
GIS/Cartography Starting Points
Norwegian Institute of Technology, Dept. of Surveying and Mapping. Includes links to demo programs, data source sites, other GIS sites, conference information.
GIS WWW Server
University of Edinburgh, Dept. of Geography. Information about the GIS prgram at U. of Edinburgh, plus useful links to other resources, lists of WWW, Gopher and FTP servers.
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GIS Resources of Regional Interest

Europe

Germany
GIS in the Internet, from Universitat Karlsruhe, Institut fur Geographie und Geookologie. Homepage is in English, but many linked documents are in German. Some emphasis on Central Europe.

United States

Arizona
Arizona Geographic Information Council. Interesting and attractive homepage, presenting committee information and minutes, as well as recommended links to more general GIS data sources.
Arkansas
University of Arkansas, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. Comprehensive and well-organized list of pointers to tutorials, newsgroups, educational, commercial, military and government servers, U.S. and international. Source of Arkansas and U.S. data coverages, including archaeological themes.
Montana
Geographic Information System, Montana State Library, Natural Resource Information System. Provides GIS data and services for State of Montana. Site includes sample analyses and selected thematic coverages available as GIF or ARC/INFO files.
Upper Mississippi River
Environmental Management Technical Center, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Biological Service. Includes a graphic interface for selecting GIS coverages of the Upper Mississippi River.
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Research Institutes and Universities

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Research consortium of three U.S. universities funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Research focus on geographic analysis using GIS technology. Site provides info about publications including NCGIA Core Curriculum, software and public domain datasets available.
U.S. Geological Survey GIS
Links to National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, U.S.G.S. Data Products catalogue, and sources of software, standards, publications and other resources. Sections on "How does a GIS work?", "What's special about a GIS?", "Applications of GIS"
Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS)
Open GIS developed by U.S. Army. Homepage provides information and links for GRASS users, and some general GIS related references.
University of Buffalo, GIAL
Geographic Information and Analysis Lab, Dept. of Geography. Description of GIAL policies and equipment, links to a selection of other resources with brief descriptions.
University of California at Berkeley, REGIS
Research Program in Environmental Planning and Geographic Information Systems. Includes database of maps, photos and research done on San Francisco area, list of publications available, and links to other WWW sites, also interactive link to GRASS GIS.
University of California at Berkeley, AEGIS
Applied Environmental Geographic Information Systems, College of Environmental Design. Description of projects underway and sample images from AEGIS projects. Part of REGIS project.
University of Maine, Dept. of Spatial Information and Engineering
Specialized interests include Land Information Systems in Emerging and Developing Countries, Law and Information Policy for Spatial Databases, Spatial Temporal Reasoning in GIS.
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Software and Public Access GIS

National Atlas of Canada
Canada National Atlas Information Service. "First WWW-based GIS". User can view and manipulate National Atlas data layers and custom-construct a map of Canada or any province, with some flexibility in colour selection.
GRASSLINKS
Public Access GIS. WWW interface to selected California environmental data, provided by REGIS, University of California at Berkeley.
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