UK: MapAction published the second edition of Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping. It was first published in 2009. The second edition of the Guide contains 35 percent more content than the first edition. In response to requests from users there is a completely new chapter on data collection with step-by-step instructions on accessing many free map data and satellite imagery sources available for various parts of the world.
The new edition continues the principle of helping aid organisations on limited budgets to find and use free and open-source software. This year’s Guide contains an in-depth manual for the use of the Quantum GIS open source software suite, which in MapAction’s experience is now reliable and well supported. As before, the Guide also contains many tips and techniques for using Google Earth.
The company announced that the publishing costs of the Guide have been covered by a generous grant from the Dulverton Trust, so the new Guide is available as a free PDF download.