If you’re pondering what to get a #GIS #nerd for #Christmas, hopefully this might give you some ideas.
I was pondering this morning on some great Christmas gift, given that it’s Christmas Eve. Though if you’re planning to get it under the Christmas Tree, it might be tough, unless you’re in North America where there are actually some premium services that almost guarantee it’ll be on time for Christmas Day. At the bottom of this post, I have one FREE gift suggestion (I promise is GIS-related).
For the friend that constantly ask GIS questions, help them turn into an expert.
- GIS For Dummies (also check on the internet there may be a free excerpt floating around)
- Getting to Know ArcGIS
- GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook
- GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook
- GIS Tutorial 3: Advanced Workbook
All of the books I’ve personally read, and the tutorial is great. The books also come with a trial version of the software (if I recall correctly) so you can follow along (don’t quote me on this…..).
For the GIS expert, looking to learn programming, there are a number of free tutorials you can access on YouTube (as you can see we supply GIS themed tutorials on YouTube for free). So I would reckon their next step is programming. The following book is something I was recommended to try (though, I haven’t had the time to read it). It was recommended just because it didn’t cost like $100, its like less than $20. So affordable.
Lastly, if you’re like me and you like the cheap & FREE gifts, link them to a good YouTube find or the TeachuGIS Channel. Using the built in Search Function, you can search for any video that we have uploaded. Just a tip, if there is something we can make a video on, post it in Discussion (often folks post it in the Comments of Video, but, its really hard to follow because we get SO MANY COMMENTS!). Since we have started the YouTube Channel, we have received close to 500 comments (and I would say a majority has been answered by our Team).
Let your friend know this is one channel that definitely interacts with viewers. And if you Subscribe, you get the latest notification on new video tutorials! Also, don’t forget to Thumbs Up a video if you found it useful, it helps other YouTuber gauge what they might be watching.
Starting 2016, we are working to expand our videos on Google Maps. To cater to the growing tablet, device and phone users, we are releasing a set of videos that you might find #fun and #free to do on your device! As always, we enjoy sharing tutorial videos using #opensource #freely available data so you can download the data and follow along. We are making an effort to use free software so you can follow along and try it yourself!
As always, Happy GIS-ing and we’ll catch you in the next video! Cheers!