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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.


  1. Claudia Naber
    May 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I really like your new blog. Good job.

  2. Barb Wallner
    June 22, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I received my copy of The GIS Guide to Domain Data today (6-21-2012). This is a book that has been needed. Being a casual user of GIS, I’ve had many questions on types of data, where to find data, how to interpret the types of data, and what to look for in metadata, amongst other things. In just skimming through it and reading chapter 1, this is going to answer many of those questions I’ve had during the past several years. Thank you Joseph and Jill for providing this needed information. You Rock!

    • jillaclark
      June 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Barb, we hope it provides a useful discussion of some of the issues.

    • Steve Cline
      February 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      I agree with Barb. I have been trying to teach a unit on where to find data in my GIS class for a couple years. This book is a great resource on not only where to find the data but how to use it appropriately and evaluate it for a project.

      I had the book one day and it pointed me to a source of land use data for a project I had been working on for a while with no success.

      Thank you for your help.

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