The Beginner’s Guide to GIS

New to GIS? Don’t know where to start? This beginners guide to GIS provides all the information that you need to understand what GIS is, and how it can be a great asset for you, and your organization.

As you are here I’m guessing that the term GIS or web GIS has popped up at work.

Maybe your organization has decided to start using GIS to make better sense of their data, or you were looking into ways to map your data, and that search led you to the term “GIS”.

If like me, the first thing you did when you heard this term was head over to Wikipedia, you will have been confronted with lots of complex jargon and even some scary looking algorithms:

$$A=270^{\circ }+\arctan \left({\frac {\left({\frac {\partial z}{\partial x}}\right)}{\left({\frac {\partial z}{\partial y}}\right)}}\right)-90^{\circ }\left({\frac {\left({\frac {\partial z}{\partial y}}\right)}{\left|{\frac {\partial z}{\partial y}}\right|}}\right)$$
Formula for calculating aspect in GIS, Wikipedia

Now, before you get disheartened or fall asleep, I have some good news for you!

GIS isn’t that complicated, what’s more it can even be fun. Once you’ve finished this short book not only will you understand what GIS is all about, but you will have the background knowledge and vocabulary required to discuss GIS and its associated tools with confidence.

You will even learn the basics of operating a GIS, preparing map data and sharing interactive maps in a web GIS.

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