New Book: The GIS 20 — A Practical Guide to the Skills Essential to Mastering ArcGIS

The GIS 20: Essential Skills by Gina Clemmer is an indispensable workbook that helps readers master the top 20 skills that are necessary to become proficient in using ArcGIS software. The book is a direct result of a survey that Clemmer recently conducted with geographic information system (GIS) professionals to quantify the primary skills that are needed to be a successful GIS user.

Each of the 20 chapters covers a specific topic related to the essential GIS skills Clemmer determined from the survey, including creating map layouts, preparing data, joining data to maps, working with attribute tables, mapping addresses, querying location, and publishing maps. The book also includes a data CD for completing the exercises.

“The purpose of the book is to provide a focused approach to learning GIS by offering clear, easy-to-follow exercises for the most commonly used GIS skills in the industry today,” says Clemmer. “It is written for professionals with no time for classroom training and can be used for independent study or an as-needed reference.”

Clemmer is president of New Urban Research, Inc., a research and training company in Portland, Oregon. The author, who holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Iowa, has spent the better part of the last decade training thousands of new GIS users across the country. More than 15,000 working professionals have attended the company’s most popular workshop, Mapping Your Community: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis.

The GIS 20: Essential Skills (ISBN: 9781589482562, 155 pages, $39.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at www.esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit www.esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit www.esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

[Source: ESRI press release]

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