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3. Converting and Viewing Maps

Chapter 3. Converting and Viewing Maps

While presenting maps on the Web is fantastic, the data for those maps has to come from somewhere. You’ll also want to have a toolkit for creating or modifying maps to fit your needs, especially if you’re developing in an environment that isn’t already GIS-oriented. This chapter introduces end-user applications for viewing and sharing data as well as low-level tools for data access and conversion.

While many other open source GIS and mapping tools exist, this chapter covers the small selection used throughout the remainder of this book. While many other excellent options exist, the sample of tools described here are robust enough for professional use. These free and open source GIS/mapping products are successfully used throughout industry, government, and academia.


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