"Mastering ArcGIS" by Maribeth Price, a professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is a comprehensive guide that equips readers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively utilize ArcGIS software for geographic information system (GIS) tasks. The book is designed for both beginners and experienced GIS professionals and covers a wide range of topics in GIS and ArcGIS.
The book begins with an introduction to GIS, including its concepts, history, and its applications. It explores the capabilities and trends in GIS and provides insights into the roles and responsibilities of GIS professionals. The author also introduces GIS project management and suggests ways to further enhance one's knowledge in the field.
The chapters delve into specific topics related to GIS and ArcGIS in a structured manner. They cover essential concepts and practical skills required for managing GIS data, including organizing data files, importing and exporting data, and working with metadata. The book also delves into coordinate systems, map design, data presentation, attribute data management, basic editing techniques, and querying data.
Readers will learn about spatial joins, map overlay, geoprocessing, and raster analysis, gaining a solid understanding of how to perform advanced spatial analysis tasks using ArcGIS tools. The book also covers editing and topology, introducing readers to techniques for maintaining data integrity and ensuring the accuracy of spatial relationships.
Furthermore, the book provides insights into geodatabases, covering their design and creation, feature datasets, domains, subtypes, and metadata. It emphasizes the importance of metadata in GIS projects, explaining the standards, format, acquisition, and management of metadata using ArcGIS.
The book offers a variety of learning resources, including review questions, tutorials, and exercises that allow readers to apply the concepts and skills learned throughout each chapter. It also includes a skills reference, a glossary, selected answers to exercises, and an index for easy navigation.
"Mastering ArcGIS" serves as a comprehensive reference for individuals seeking to enhance their proficiency in ArcGIS software and expand their capabilities in GIS. With its clear explanations, practical examples, and hands-on exercises, this book empowers readers to become skilled GIS practitioners capable of effectively utilizing ArcGIS for a wide range of spatial analysis and mapping tasks.