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Free GIS Books

Free GIS Books

Building a collection of reference and academic texts on GIS can be costly.  There are some free online source materials that can be a valuable contribution, especially if your book budget is nonexistent.  Most of these free GIS books are available in downloadable PDF format and can be read from […]

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Profile of Michael Goodchild

Profile of Michael Goodchild

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a profile on University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) professor Michael Goodchild called “Inventing the Science of Geographic Information Puts a Professor on the Map“. Mr. Goodchild cemented his place in geography in 1992, when he wrote a paper proposing the creation of geographic […]

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Volunteered Geography

Volunteered Geography

Michael Goodchild, a professor of Geography at UC Santa Barbara, explores the historical and current trends of collaborative geographic data creation in what he terms “volunteered geography” in an article published in GeoJournal.  In dissecting this phenomenon, Goodchild seeks to answer the following questions: “what drives people to do this, how accurate […]