Italy: Italian publishing house, Dario Flaccovio Editore recently published an English translation of its Kindle Book, GIS Open Source. The book vociferously advocates the importance of free and open source geographic software such as QGIS and GRASS, and also provides a general overview of numerical cartography and reference systems. Collectively authored by five GIS experts from Italy, the book attempts to rebuff the claims that open source software are unreliable.
The first part of the ebook, which is divided into nine chapters, deals with describing reference systems and helping the user install the software packages on Microsoft, Apple, GNU/Linux operating systems. Subsequent chapters present the most important functionalities of well-known software, such as QGIS and GRASS GIS, and describe ways of managing geographic data using relational database engines (SpatiaLite).
The content is written in a ‘jargon-free’ language, and eliminates the reader to have pre-requisite knowledge of the domain; explaining the basics with both text and occasional interactive options. For instance, the ebook provides link to the YouTube video of William Shatner explaining GIS in 1987. The ebook also presents few examples and applications in landscaping, geomorphology, hydrology and geology, and shares various online resources where users may obtain free help and support mentioned in the book.
Source: Our correspondent