ArcGIS - The Book of Images

This is an enriching document that is available in Spanish, with very valuable content, both historically and technically regarding the management of images in the disciplines associated with earth sciences and geographic information systems. Most content has hyperlinks to pages where interactive content is.

The purpose of this book is to show GIS professionals, application developers, web designers or virtually any other type of technologist, how to become an ace of GIS and images. Or, to put it another way, how to become someone who is a more skilled, smarter and more effective user of image data in a GIS. Suddenly, images have become very important and those who know how to look for them, analyze them and understand their true meaning will be professionals in high demand in the years to come.


There are several potential audiences for this book. The first is the professional community of the GIS and the cartographic representation, the people who work daily with maps and geospatial data, especially those who want to take more advantage of the images in their GIS applications. If you are a data scientist, a cartographer, an employee of a government agency, an urban planner or another GIS professional, you may already be using the Web and supplying geographic information to the public.
You probably already instinctively recognize the intrinsic value of images as an amazing data capture technology that integrates well with traditional vector geospatial data.

Another audience is composed of new GIS users who want to discover what can be done with the images: people like amateur drone pilots who perform flight missions to map school campuses, planners who plan redevelopment projects or scientists and bloggers who report on climate change and who come to the SIG because of their interest in the images.

Finally, this book will be interesting for people who simply enjoy exploring the world and seeing fascinating images of Earth. For these "armchair" geographers and for others, this book and its electronic version, available on, offer a wide variety of attractive and in some cases disturbing images, as well as links to powerful web applications of images and maps that They tell interesting stories about our planet. The only requirement to enjoy this book is to want to know the world better through images and cartographic representation and have a good disposition to work.

Learning by doing

This book, besides being read, includes a practical part for which only a personal computer is needed
with web access. The adventure begins when one is involved in the process by opening the links,
exploring maps and applications created by other users, and completing the lessons to create your
own maps and applications. These resources (more than 200 maps, applications, videos and images in total)
They have hyperlinks on

This book is about the application of images in ArcGIS, the web platform SIG, and is the second of the
Big Idea series of titles. If you are starting in the GIS, it might help to read the first book in the series, The ArcGIS Book: 10 great ideas on how to apply geography to the world around us. Although this volume is designed as an autonomous work, many readers will also find the original book interesting.


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