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Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications

AdvanceAGWeb mapping/GIS is the process of designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps, geospatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) functionality or services on the Web. Primarily focusing on technological issues, this field increasingly includes theoretic aspects such as cartographic design, theory and principles, social and organizational issues and applications. Given the recent advances led by mainstream Information Technology (IT) developers, the need to examine these issues becomes increasingly critical.

This book volume, Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications, aims at examining both theoretical/technological advancements and social/organizational issues in the field of web-based GIS and mapping services and applications. It presents an overall view of current progress and achievements with considerable technical details and examples.

The contents address: 1) constant updating of related web and geospatial technologies as well as the revolution of web mapping caused by mainstream IT vendors such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft; 2) increased interest in geospatial information technologies from the industry; and 3) increasing demand from the general public for prompt and effective online access to geospatial information. All contributing chapters were advised to consider: 1) inclusion of recent technological advancements, especially new developments under Web 2.0, map mashups, neogeography, and the like; 2) balanced theoretical discussions and technical implementations; 3) commentary on the current stages of development; and 4) prediction of future developments over the next decade.

The original recommended topics and themes, as listed in the call for chapter proposals, include:
• Web 2.0, neogeography, and map mashups
• Technologies providing new service-oriented, distributed architectures, e.g., web services,
SOA, P2P, grid computing, etc.
• Technologies enhancing web interaction with maps and spatial representations, e.g., Ajax, SVG, GeoRSS, etc.
• Advances in virtual earth technologies
• Open source and open standards as related to web GIS/mapping
• Web-based spatial decision support
• Applications in public participation
• Geospatially-enabled workflow processes for automating web-based geospatial services
• Content and knowledge mapping
• Social mapping and networking
• New service and application models such as SaaS
• Data quality and integration, date policies, privacy and ownership
• Quality of web-based geospatial services and processes
• Impact of Web 2.0 on enterprise-wide web GIS/mapping and location services

While many of these topics have been addressed in this book volume, we feel that what needs to be further studied is related to social and organizational issues in the field of webbased GIS and mapping services and applications, as well as an assessment of the impact of Web 2.0 and more recently emerged web 3.0 on enterprise-wide web GIS/mapping and location services. We would like to see more research into, for example, data policies, privacy and
ownership, quality assurance and acceptable use policies, especially for crowd-sourcing and community-generated geographic content technologies and and applications.

In addition to the introductory chapter, the book includes 20 accepted chapters after double-blind peer review processes, which are organized into the following six sections:

An introductory chapter is included to present an overview of recent advances in web-based GIS, mapping services and applications, and identified some of issues and challenges faced by researchers and professionals in the field.

This section includes six chapters focusing on various state-of-the-art geographic information web and processing services, ranging from analytical, simulation and virtual visualization uses to building web services and mashups.

Three chapters included in this section present some recent studies on techniques and solutions to enhance the performance of web mapping and services.

Mobile applications are increasingly using better positioning techniques and augmented reality. The three chapters in this section describe recent developments and advances in geolocating using a range of positioning systems, and augmented systems and environments for use in mobile mapping.

This section covers the developments in both traditional application areas such as decision support and public participation, and new emerging areas such as social mapping and collaboration. Application cases exemplify the developments in some emerging areas. Five chapters are included in this section.

The three chapters in this section retrieve some aspects of open standards and their use in developing web-based geospatial services.

The volume is aimed at researchers, application specialists and developers, practitioners and students who work or have an interest in the area of web GIS/mapping and its application for business, government services, communities, enterprise computing and social networking.

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS
by Hussein Nasser

Building Web Applications with ArcGIS is a short book. Short books are hard to write, because I have to condense essential information into less than 150 pages. It is challenging to determine what is essential when you know a lot about a particular subject. The writer has to sacrifice of some content so that they can produce a quality title that readers can really benefit from.

ArcGIS is a suite of software, developed by Esri—Environmental Systems Research Institute. ArcGIS allows its users to view, edit, analyze, and work with geographic data. You can work with geographic data on desktop, web, or mobile. This book tackles the web development side of ArcGIS; it teaches the reader how to build web applications that can interact with ArcGIS.

I am very proud of this title. It is a special book because I have tried a new writing style I haven’t used before. This is the first book I have ever written that is purely based on a real-life project. As a reader, you act like a web development company where your clients hand you their requirements. Chapter by chapter you start building the application required by the client gradually: adding functionalities, studying their feasibility, and implementing accordingly. Not only will this teach you the basics of developments for ArcGIS, but it will also relate to your real-life projects as well.

I get bored when I read a book that is cluttered with methods and functions and I have to figure out when and where to use them. Some books give you examples disconnected from reality that you won’t ever encounter in your lifetime. This book is different, as each method you use, each library you add, contributes to a requirement requested by a client and it makes sense. You will read and say “yes, this is something my client would definitely request”.

About This Book

  • Learn how to design, build, and run high performance and interactive applications with the help of ArcGIS
  • Incorporate ArcGIS for Server services to allow end users to visualize, query, and edit GIS data using the ArcGIS JavaScript APIs
  • Step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to design and customize a GIS web application from scratch

Who This Book Is For

If you are a GIS user or a web programmer, this book is for you. This book is also intended for all those who have basic web development knowledge with no prior experience of ArcGIS and are keen on venturing into the world of ArcGIS technology. The book will equip you with the skills to comfortably start your own ArcGIS web development project.

In Detail

ArcGIS allows users to create rich maps and applications that interact with services hosted on ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online. This book will help you to understand the ArcGIS JavaScript API in a fun way while building a real-life project.

This book revolves around a fictional project called Bestaurants. The journey starts with a description of the project requirements before moving on to designing and sketching an interface of what the website will look like. Then, gradually with each chapter, you will add a single functionality until the full ArcGIS application is completed.

By the end of this book, you will have built an entire ArcGIS web application from scratch. An additional bonus appendix is included on how to build ArcGIS applications with ArcGIS Online–a new and extremely useful service offered by Esri.