Some URLS for Geog 488

USGS poster on GIS: what it is etc here

Extended Geog488 Bibilography

Public Data Sets on via ftp

City and County of Honolulu GIS


UC Berkeley Library

AAG-GIS Newsletter

The GIS & Remote Sensing Newsletter for Fiji and the South Pacific from SOPAC's web site:

The GIS FAQ is maintained at:

Duane Marble's GIS Bibliography Project is here .

Clark Labs IDRISI stuff.

AAG GIS Specialty Group homepage has links for announcements.

Nick Chrisman has made his AC12 presentation (on Stevens' scales of measurement and some rather telling critiques) available here and redundantly here. You may want to look at the surrounding links as well. Very good stuff here.

Jeremy Crampton's cartographic references are here .

U of Michigan Library clearing house is here .

Curtin University's GIS Degree Web Site is here Includes some GIS papers on line, I beleive.

Tools to convert various data formats to ARC/view shapefile format can be found here.

Sol Katz (d 23 April 1999) but his web site of data translators lives on.

Links to free or low cost GIS on the AI-GEOSTATS Softfaq.

UCGIS (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science) here and email distribution lists: (all delegates) (officers and Board members).

John Snyder's updated map projection bibliography is here .

Some more URLs for On-line datasets from ESRI , USGS , EPA , here , and here .

Some pointers to pointers to datasets are here and STARTING THE HUNT: A Guide To On-line And Mostly Free U.S. Geospatial and Attribute Data

Some introductions to GIS on the web are here, which reputedly includes pointers to materials such as: A Brief Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, the NCGIA CORE Curriculum for GIS, Getting to Know Desktop GIS, and an On-line Dictionary of GIS Terms.

Info on using GIS in groundwater modeling, compiled by Gil Inouye, and including a technical review of groundwater modelling using Arc/Info is here .

"Bob's Slope Page".AMLs for LS-factor in RUSLE and the like.

Stuff from Paul B. Anderson about NIMA (nee DMA). New version DTEDs available at: URL: . Select "Geospatial Information" in the list box then click on the "GOTO" button. It's the first item on the new page. Paul reports "Lots of executables and source code for a number of different graphic formats AND computer systems" at and that the DMAMUSE 2.0 site is UserID & Password protected. When you fill out their access form though, you are immediately given a UserID & Password to use.

GIS WORLD magazine has a site here with a job-mart and with software reviews here.

Directions is a new on-line magazine with information about the GIS data market.

Some information on File Formats & Copyright is available at And for the legal folks a copy of the court ruling is at: . (from sonny

ESRI's shape file format whitepaper as .pdf. (there is a later 1998 verison around too.)

DLG format information can be downloaded from ftp:\\\pub\ti\DLG

Two internet news groups of interest are:
comp.infosystems.gis and sci.image.processing.

This contains a lot of data from the 1990 US Census, according to Robert A. Belflower.

Information on the GeoTIFF specification can be found at: I.E here.

SDTS information. (FIPS 173: it's the law unless you are exempted, have had your agency gutted, or notice that the regulator was canned; even if you can not afford to buy translators from the vendors to get at the data you already paid to collect. [that's enough editorializing -ed] Mandatory compliance date was in 1994. Seen any difference? [enough already -ed]) Check out:

Information on related Australian standards and metadata efforts can be found around: here or here.

There is a site that does "Geography", run by The Mining Co. here .

The OpenGIS Consortium Inc (OGC) would make a great subject for a paper. (Who is it? What does it do? and Who does it benefit? are always good questions to ask.) Their site has information on open data standards and software interoperability. See here .

Brian Klinkenberg's GIS materials w/ Java

Bibliography of scientific literature relating to coastal and marine applications of GIS and related technologies.

Source code of map projections? This site may be of some assistance.

Archaeology - GIS and Remote Sensing Archaeology on the Net - GIS and Remote Sensing

Digital Chart of the World (DCW) links

a site that supplies ascii format files:

inovaGIS has released the version 1.1. of its freeware DLL component-based GIS widgets. The files and some demos are available for download in the project url:

CIESIN has population counts and relative densities in a 5minute grid for the world.

Freeware convert SDTS to DEM or ArcInfo format. Try

Suggested as a cource of GIS overview articles. With lots of links to other (more) useful GIS Sites.

A NADCON extension for ArcView is available for download at:

unix program "nad2nad" from the "proj" distribution to converts SPCS to degrees.

Some software help

This was Article 851 of comp.soft-sys.gis.esri: From:*spamthis (ian gillespie) Newsgroups: comp.soft-sys.gis.esri Subject: Re: Arc training on-line Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 15:57:37 GMT

Here's some sites you might find useful:
U. South Carolina - GIS Short Courses U. South Carolina - GIS Short Courses
ArcInfo Knowledge Base: ArcInfo Knowledge Base
ArcView Knowledge Base: ArcView Knowledge Base
AVENUE PROGRAMMER'S REFERENCE (Gary Greenberg's Avenue Classes, Requests, and Sample Scripts): Avenue Programmer's Reference

Enter a single keyword for some Avenue topic such as View, Table, or Script (another Gary Greenberg offering): search here

hope these help.

Ian Gillespie Geomatics Unit Atmospheric Environment Branch - Ontario Region Environment Canada (opinions expressed are mine)

Manifold offers a lot of functionality for very little money. GIS for win32 with an network analytic orientation. They have a lot of data on their site as well, including DCW in their format.

Subject: Re: Interactive Web GIS - what is happening?

From Wed Sep 30 10:43:12 HST 1998

The most encouraging dvelopments I discovered were v3 of the
Demographic Data Viewer (a good Java UI) and TerraServer (e-commerce
meets mapping).

Demographic Data Viewer

GeoSearch - St Paul public works

Generator National Poll Demo


The Train Brain

J-Track 3D

Steve Slatcher

From: "Mark Cederholm" Subject: 2D convex hull and qsort for Avenue Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 11:56:48 -0700 An implementation of the quick sort algorithm for lists of objects is available at: primenet/~pierson also at that page is a 2D convex hull routine that takes advantage of it. -- Mark

Guillaume Criloux on Tue, 06 Oct 1998 21:13:43 +0200 recommended that specifications for file formats such as: ESRI Shape, dBase, MIF, Arc/INFO Export, GeoTIFF, and DXF could be found here.

Geoff Houck recommended wotsit as a repository of a bunch of file formats:

Bill Thoen ( Sat Nov 21 13:27:40 HST 1998) wrote: I've just updated our "GIS and Related Journals Online" web page at here. This is a list of all online sources I'm aware of that produce news with a GIS or mapping focus. I'm always looking for sources of news related to the GIS industry, so I thought I'd make this resource list public in hopes that people who see it will let me know if I've missed anyone. If you know of additional resources or have suggestions, please let me know.*spamthis(ian gillespie) suggested the following to find fresh GIS news. Directions MiningCo gislinx Thoen's list

The inovaGIS toolkit is a project from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and is free for all uses regarding that the copyrigth notice is maintained. It is an ActiveX for dealing with Geographic Information. There is free source code available for dealing directly from memory with IDRISI images in DELPHI, VB5, Excel, VBScript and ASP. homepage or demo src .

NGDC coastal data series Coastal Relief Model gridded data set and images flyer.

A new organization: Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) For additional membership information contact Sandra Coveny at

Some Popular Press on GIS

PC Week story with other links.


There is an ongoing debate about whether GIS professionals should be certified, by whom, and by what criteria. Several organizations have come to the fore in this debate. The links below will get you started looking at the directions being pursued and their pros and cons.

URISA has a number of resource links and a slide show on their position. In the Fall of 2001 there was a poll on their site as well (on 14 Dec, with 20 respondents it was running 75% for and 25% against certification.

The ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) has been fairly aggressive in pushing for certification. Look for the "Certification and Recertification Guidelines for the ASPRS Certification Program" on their web site. It is not at the top-level of their homepage, but their search facility finds it. (Dec 2001)

The ACSM (American Congress on Surveying and Mapping) also has material and a position. Their web-site has "Education and Certification" in the top-level menu but it does not lead to much on GIS certification. The CaGIS (Cartography and Geographic Information Society) member organization (ACSM is a group of five member organizations) is small in comparison with the NSPS (National Society of Professional Surveyors) member organization. The surveyors already have ciertification and registration programs in place. They have been working to require GIS workers to have certification very much like that required for surveyors. In fact some of the legislation that they have worked for in a majority of the states has looked like it would require one to be a certified surveyor to use GIS.

The UCGIS (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science) has also staked out a position and put up a web-site on certification, prepared by Dr. Karen Kemp at the University of Redlands.

Some crude thoughts on certification...

Certification might be useful for people seeking job-credentialing and employee-screening, but I am wary of 'guilding' something as widely-based as the processing of spatial data. I am not sure exactly what skills would be certified and how these would match up with any one use of GIS. In fact, I am not convinced that "the profession" has an agreement on this, or on the meaning of "GIS" for that matter. Blanket certification at this point is premature.

I also am concerned at the rather bald-faced turf-staking apparent in the discussion. The concern seems more to be with protecting the status of certifying bodies, and their members, and with dividing the mapping business among them, than with ensuring prospective employers that prospective employees are genuinely competent. Would certification really replace a resume and references in a job search?