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Mon, 29 Aug 2005

Web Mapping

Tyler Mitchell, Web Mapping Illustrated: Using Open Source GIS Toolkits, O'Reilly

Ah no, this is not about mapping the web which is kind of an interesting topic that has started a few projects but has not got very big. This book is about mapping the physical world.

The real interest of this is not in scanned maps put on the web but in the manipulation of data to present maps with some degree of interactivity -- driving directions, socio-economic templates, pretty much whatever you like.

After an introduction to cartography we are introduced to some Open Source tools to accomplish this sort of thing. The author clearly loves his subject and it shows. There are also plenty of illustrations and the whole book is printed on a nice semi-gloss paper.

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