Task Watch and read the following resources and then identify the keys to effective GIS.

Layers of Asia

An entertaining movie that ESRI produced for the National Geographic Society Educational Foundation’s Geography Awareness Week in 2007. It takes a virtual journey through Asia to show how standard desktop GIS can help us to understanding of the Asian continent. Visit India to see how geography and climate have influenced history, visit the Himalayas to see how mountain climbers use GIS to plan routes, and visit China to see how mega cities will emerge in the 21st century. Enjoy!

Source: ESRI, 2007. Layers of Asia. A Journey Through Our World. <http://vid01.esri.com/winmmedia/asia_final.wmv> URL last accessed 2010-11-05.

OpenStreetMap - Project Haiti This short video illustrates the incredible collective effort to update an open source road map of Haiti in the days following the 2010 earthquake. At the time the maps were incomplete and out-of-date and a serious impediment to relief efforts.

Source: ITO World, 2010. OpenStreetMap - Project Haiti. <http://vimeo.com/9182869> URL last accessed 2010-11-07.

Geospatial Revolution
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A 4-episode video series that demonstrates the use of geospatial technologies such as GIS, GPS and Earth observation by remote sensing. Each episode focuses on a different application domain - choose one that interests you, or watch the whole series to fully understand the power of geodata in our lives!

Episode 1: Mapping and navigation - personal information
Episode 2: City management - urban planning and commerce
Episode 3: Geospatial intelligence - peace and security
Episode 4: Environment - climate change, hunger and disease

Source: Penn State Public Broadcast, 2010. Geospatial Revolution.. <http://geospatialrevolution.psu.edu> URL last accessed 20-11-2011.

The New GIS Survival Guide

Mike Clark highlights key factors that underpin GIS. IMHO the basic message is as valid today as it was when Mike wrote his Guide 20 years ago and when I updated it 10 years ago.

Source: Clark M, 1992. The GIS Survival Guide. Southampton: Geodata Institute. Revised by Trodd N, 1999.