GIS on the WWW
GIS (Geographic Information System) is a fast growing industry. With its outstanding functionality
of data integration, databased management, carographic mapping as well as spatial modelling, it has
already found wide applications in natural resources management and environmental protection. This page
include following information for reference.
GIS in general
GIS on the mainframe computer
Though GIS is being ported to desktop package, most comprehensive and powerful packages are still UNIX-based. Arc/Info and GRASS are two good
GIS on the PC
- Frequent Asked Question is recommended as the first reading for a beginner
- On-line dictionary for GIS related terms
- USGS is also very active in GIS research . National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis can tell you the
latest development of GIS.
- On-line GIS conference proceedings
- Within GIS newsgroup and various GIS-related lists , you can find valuable help
from the user who share similiar interests. Bill Thoen and Ted Smith maintain a comprehensive documentation about On-line Resources
for Earth Science.
- A list of available GIS software.
- There are spatial data on-line from EPA of U.S.A.,
USGS, and Federal
Geographic Data Center of U.S.A.. For GIS and mapping data, especially hot-discussed metadata format, check
Global and some regional topographic data are also available.
- Guide to the DEM products from USGS
- Homepage of GIS World magezine cover global, monthly
listed conferences on GIS, relevant publications, software availability and update, etc.
- Spatial Decision Support System
- Free DLG-O (Digital Line Graphic-Option) and DRG (Digital Raster Graphic) Viewing Software
- GIS news: academic and non-academic
- The AI-GEOSTATS web site where GIS meets statistics
- Homepage of GIS History Research Project
- Want to find a job in the field of GIS? You should have a look at the bulletin for a US-based
company: Geosearch or a forum for GIS, GPS, and RS named
Geographic Resources Web in Hong Kong.
- For more complete list of GIS information on the WWW, check this
award-winning GIS jumpstation or another GIS site managed by Steve Lackow
GIS in UK
IDRISI is a raster GIS with strong image processing capacity. It has been widely used for education purpose and some researches. To know something
about this package, you can follow WWW-based introduction or refer to the FAQ. More information
can be found at IDRISI Resources Center.
- Other public domain GIS packages
With proper acknowledgement, anyone can has one copy of MOSS or PCRaster. The first two are vector-based and the last one is raster-based. To manipulate DEM data, MicroDEM may be quite useful.
- For UK user, Higher Education National Software Archive (HENSA) / micros has a collection of PC-based sharewares. Some window-based GIS packages for IBM PC compatible platform can be found. Check out the keyword 'gis'.
- Visit probably the best web-page on global GIS-related information where you can reach Association of Geographic Information and well-known digital elevation data catalogue.
- Project Assist in UK provide materials for the introduction of Arc/Info,
GRASS, and IDRISI.
- Kingston Center for GIS provide undergraduate degree in GIS.
- Machester Information and Associated Services (MIMAS) has got Bartheolomew Digital Map Data on line. A Knowldge-based Interface for National Data Sets (KINDS) is being developed. More mapping information can be found at Web page for OS.
- Bartheolomew Web site
- At the Univeristy of Exeter, there are introduction courses available. For Arc/Info, you should consult the IT
service for courses available or contact Dr. Ashmore directly. Dr. Quine is
giving short course on IDRISI. You can contact him for detail.
- IDRISI Resources Center in UK can be reached by following surface mail:
IDRISI Resources Center
Department of Environmental and Geographic Science
Manchester Metropolitan University
John Dalton Building
Manchester, M1 5GD
Fax:(+44) 0161 247 6344
- NISS Information Gateway covers various subjects and displines including geography; IT and computing, works of reference and bibliography, etc. Within IT and computing group, it contains information on all the Community for Higher Education Software and Training(CHEST)
softwares, training, datasets, etc. As Arc/Info is one of CHEST software, you may find something useful.