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The predominate software in GIS is ArcGIS by Esri. It can be expensive and has a learning curve for users, but is extremely robust and as noted, is predominate in the GIS industry. Can be used in a desktop, server or web environment.
This is another avenue to obtain GIS data while working with ArcGIS. The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is the foremost collection of geographic information from around the globe. It includes maps, apps, and data layers to support your work globally and locally.
Expand your knowledge of geospatial concepts through instructor-led, web courses, MOOCs, training seminars and a number of learning platforms. As a UC San Diego affiliate, you have access to a number of training resources through UC San Diego's license agreement.
The metadata and standards agency for the United States for spatial data. Don't forget about the metadata - it is critical!! The FGDC also publishes a newsletter which can be found on the Library section of their website.
A multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal of remote sensing and GIS. Published quarterly in Asia by Geocarto International Centre from 1986 to 2006 for international circulation. Starting in 2007, Taylor and Francis offers access to this publication.
Topics covered in this peer-reviewed quarterly journal include "spatial modeling and databases; human-computer interfaces for GIS; digital cartography; imagery; parallelism, distribution and communication through GIS; spatio-temporal reasoning and more." (Subscription required, UC)
Funded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program (NSF-ATE), this site has learning modules to help make clear the value of GIS skills, and the depth/breadth of potential for a GIS career.
A US government portal for geospatial data and information. Can sometimes download GIS files, sometimes only do online mapping. Good for finding the agencies that do GIS data for a particular topic, but can be a little bit frustrating if you are wanting.
With a focus on environmental sciences and geography, this international journal holds good information. It does require a subscription, so check with your institution to see if you have one (UCSD does).
This journal is focused on GIS, GIscience, and the interdisciplinary nature of GIS analysis and mathematical modeling. It does require a subscription so check with your institution to see if you have one (UCSD does.)
This is an excellent text on spatial thinking. It is a landmark document in articulating spatial thinking and provides a road to follow to do a better job of teaching K-12 students how to acquire this fundamental skill.
Created by the Maps and Geography Round Table of the American Library Association, this core competency document will help librarians, supervisors and those getting an education in GIS, Maps or Map Cataloging to understand basic requirements and skill sets for these disciplines.
The entry page for ESRI's marine and coastal GIS information. Includes a newsletter, user groups, a marine data model and industry overviews relating to coastal zone management, research, fisheries, navigation and other ocean industries.
"The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis is an independent research consortium dedicated to basic research and education in geographic information science and its related technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS)."
The OGC is a "non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services." They have listed standards, a newsletter, events and more.
This organization is specifically positioned to "support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software". Has a great tool that helps you find an open source technology that best fits your needs.
This blog is a live companion to the book: The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data by Joseph Kerski and Jill Clark. This blog provides context for the development of the numerous data portals we see today in terms of the organizations that collect and provide access to data, and the policies that govern data use.
Online mapping and GIS data download for United States raster and vector data layers or subsets thereof. Can sometimes require patience but is a good resource for basic US data and global imagery. Data comes from the National Map Seamless Server and other USGS sources.
Also has historical imagery available at http://edc.usgs.gov/products/aerial/historical.html which are better found using the Earth Explorer interface at http://edcsns17.cr.usgs.gov/EarthExplorer/.
This international journal is offered through database vendors and focuses on GIS development, analysis, technologies and new GIS applications. Check with your institution to see if you have a subscription (UCSD does).
Run by renowned Michael Goodchild and self described as: "Spatial@ucsb is an innovative university-wide resource and research center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its mission is to facilitate the integration of spatial thinking into processes for learning and discovery in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, to promote excellence in engineering and applied sciences, and to enhance creativity in the arts and humanities. "
Typically the first place to go to for US Census information for 1990 and 2000. Can download Census data in a variety of ways. Not suitable for Census data other than 1990 or 2000 (NHGIS is a resource geared towards historical census data and is far better for this use.)
Self described as: "A Very Spatial Podcast is your weekly source for information on Geography and geospatial technologies. Geography touches most things we do everyday, but we rarely even think of it. This podcast seeks to point out how it is filtering into our digital lives and daily lives."