Up-to-Date Information About GIS Data Sources

The Spatial Reserves blog, described briefly below, is generally directed to continental North American and European issues, but it is not restricted to these areas and many of the techniques and resources that are discussed can serve as useful guidance or tools for geographic analysts on small islands in the Caribbean. The blog in no way requires purchase of the text book GIS Guide to Public Domain Data to provide useful information.
We present this information and point to this resource because an underlying premise of NatureTech.Solutions is that new information technologies in general, and especially new geographic information resources, offer great promise for improved resource management in small island systems.

From the Welcome page of Spatial Reserves.


Welcome to the Spatial Reserves blog.

The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data was written to provide GIS practitioners and instructors with the essential skills to find, acquire, format, and analyze public domain spatial data. Some of the themes discussed in the book include:

  • open data access and spatial law;
  • the importance of metadata;
  • the fee vs. free debate;
  • data and national security;
  • the efficacy of spatial data infrastructures;
  • the impact of cloud computing; and
  • the emergence of the GIS-as-a-Service (GaaS) business model.

Recent technological innovations have radically altered how both data users and data providers work with spatial information to help address a diverse range of social, economic and environmental issues.

This blog was established to follow-up on some of these themes, promote a discussion of the issues raised, and host a copy of the exercises that accompany the book.  This story map provides a brief description of the exercises.

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