Updated Edition of Thinking About GIS

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Roger Tomlinson has released via Esri Press the fifth edition of his popular GIS management book, “Thinking About GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers.  The book provides those task with planning and implementing a geographic information system in their organization with methodologies for a creating successful GIS program.  The book provides a basic overview of what GIS is as well as an overview of the ten-stage GIS planning methodology before diving into detail in the next chapters on planning and setting up a GIS.

The fifth edition has been updated to contain information about the last GIS and geospatial industry technologies and standards.  The book contains case studies, tips, and terminology definitions as well as a DVD which includes examples and templates, exercises, and videos of the seminar Planning and Managing a GIS from the 2012 Esri International User Conference.

From Esri’s press release on the fifth edition:

“Successful GIS implementation depends on a well-thought-out and executed plan,” says Esri president Jack Dangermond. “If you follow the methodology presented in this book, you will be on the track to success. I hope that you find Roger Tomlinson’s work as informative and beneficial as my colleagues and I have.”

The book as been refined over the years based on Tomlinson’s decades of GIS experience and has been become an invaluable volume for those need to understand the best practices for managerial gis procedures.

Tomlinson has been a significant presence in the GIS field since the 1960s.  Nicknamed the “father of GIS“, Tomlinson implemented the first GIS, the Canada Geographic Information System in the 1960s.  He is also credited by some with coining the term “Geographic Information System”, although the exact origins of the term are still unclear.  Tomlinson is the author of number articles and books on GIS and was awarded the the National Geographic Bell Medal jointly with Jack Dangermond in 2010.


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