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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Esri Press; Second Edition, New edition edition (Aug. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589482786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589482784
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Zieler is a designer for ESRI. He has more than 20 years of experience diagramming GIS concepts, building data models, and programming. Zeiler authored the first edition of Modeling Our World and Inside ARC/INFO (OnWord Press, 2000).


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By Giorgio Nwigwe on Sept. 23 2014
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good for reading but no insight details about GIS Concepts
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Modeling GIS Sept. 13 2010
By GIS Trainer - Published on Amazon.com
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When you think of GIS and understand how it functions people tend to look at the tools (aka toys) but the Geodatabase concepts really get to the foundation of what you need to get started. Of course it is boring compared to the tools but Zeiler and company do a good job here communicating graphically and in words the reality we see in the world and make a good transition to the abstractions of the geodatabase. The LIDAR section was great and this book is a good reference to have when you are working with various data models. It would have been five stars but in the raster section they should have mentioned gps photographs. With several gps cameras on the market the author simply says that photographs do not have a spatial reference.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
College-level collections will find it a powerful pick Oct. 18 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The second updated edition of Modeling Our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concepts describes the key modeling concepts of ArcGIS and how GIS data is organized and applied. From using coordinate systems to align geographic datasets to using rules and working with location data and mapping, this is a powerful survey packed with applications for geodatabase elements. College-level collections will find it a powerful pick.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
High-level concepts, not much meat. Jan. 25 2014
By penguinboy - Published on Amazon.com
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I partly question the purpose of a book like this. In my experience with learning GIS, by far the most effective way to learn is by doing. This book is not about doing. As the title suggests, it is about concepts only, and offers no practical exercises. I find that reading GIS theory gets me nowhere. Maybe it's because I'm a spatial thinker, one of the reasons I love GIS. At any rate, this isn't a book for self-teachers, but it might help with the basics if you are taking a class with a good teacher.

Bottom line: If I could do it all over, I'd skip this one.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
wonderful book April 11 2012
By Nobleman - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe this book has presented the concept of modeling and dealing with geodatabase in the simplest way that anyone can understand it
Excellent Overview June 3 2015
By Siv Kailasapathy - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent overview of the spectrum of GIS capabilities with examples from several industries. Very well presented - clearly written and illustrated.


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