Blog extending the book’s themes to the present day, updated weekly with four years’ worth of archival information: http://spatialreserves.wordpress.com
Ten hands-on activities using GIS to solve problems from local to global scale on the health, environmental hazards, demographic, and other themes of the book: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/exercises-and-data-for-the-gis-guide-to-public-domain-data/
A short video describing these activities and how to access them is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doVQMEWesx0
Chapter 1 - Spatial Data and the Public Domain
Listing of Free GIS Data Sources from Robin Wilson: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/free-gis-data-listing-from-robin-wilson/
Copyright in Today’s Web Mapping World: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/copyright-in-the-web-mapping-world/
Can I Use That Picture? Terms, Laws, and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/can-i-use-that-picture-terms-laws-and-ethics-for-using-copyrighted-images/
Chapter 2 - Spatial Data Models, Vector Data, and Data Quality
Describes vector and raster spatial data models and then focusses on some of the primary sources of vector data. Includes a discussion of data quality and how this impacts spatial data analysis.
Release of OS Open Map: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/release-of-os-open-map/
Datums Still Matter: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/datums-still-matter/
Walking on Water? Revisiting Reflections on Resolution and Scale: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/walking-on-water-revisiting-reflections-on-resolution-and-scale/
Chapter 3 - Raster Data and Privacy Issues
Focuses on raster data portals, sources, and quality, illustrating the discussion with examples from a variety of data sources including elevation, land cover, and climate data. Includes a consideration of privacy implications.
Landsat Thematic Bands Web Mapping Application in ArcGIS Online: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/landsat-thematic-bands-web-mapping-application-in-arcgis-online/
Does Posting Pictures Compromise Privacy? https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/compromising-privacy-while-posting-pictures/
Sentinel-2 Imagery Now Available: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/sentinel-2-imagery-now-available/
Chapter 4 - Spatial Data: True Cost and Local Access
Outlines the arguments for and against paying for access to, and use of, spatial data and describes the different approaches to spatial data access adopted by two government organizations.
Fee vs. Free Geospatial Data: Like a Snow Shovel? https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/fee-vs-free-geospatial-data-snow-shovel-analogy/
Excellent Example of Metadata on a GIS Portal: City of Cambridge: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/excellent-example-of-metadata-on-a-gis-portal-city-of-cambridge/
Update on Sierra Club vs. Orange County Court Case: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/update-on-sierra-club-vs-orange-county-court-case/
Chapter 5 - National and State Data Portals and Metadata Standards
Looks at the role played by national and state data portals and metadata standards organizations. Describes how a number of portals manage access to their data and how this affects data users.
The Changing Geospatial Landscape: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/the-changing-geospatial-landscape-report/
Reflections on Geospatial Information and Consolidation Options for the US Federal Government: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/reflections-on-geospatial-information-and-consolidation-options-for-the-us-federal-government/
Maryland’s Mapping and GIS Data Portal: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/marylands-mapping-and-gis-data-portal/
Chapter 6 - International Spatial Data Infrastructures
Describes the international context for sharing data and discusses some global data-sharing initiatives.
DataPortals.org: A Global Catalogue of Public Domain Data Portals: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/dataportals-org-a-global-catalogue-of-public-domain-data-portals/
European Data Portal Launched: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/european-data-portal-launched/
Metadata Enhancements in ArcGIS Online: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/metadata-enhancements-in-arcgis-online/
Chapter 7 - Putting Public Domain Spatial Data to Work
Looks at some of the issues facing those engaged in GIS-based analysis and provides a review of the GIS project planning process. Provides a number of case studies that illustrate the effective use of public domain spatial data.
Spatial Analyst Videos Describe Decision Making with GIS: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/spatial-analyst-videos-describe-decision-making-with-gis/
Be Critical of the Data: Especially When It Is Your Own: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/be-critical-of-the-data-especially-when-it-is-your-own/
Supporting Humanitarian Aid with Open UAV Imagery: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/supporting-humanitarian-aid-with-open-uav-imagery/
Chapter 8 - The Data User as Data Provider
Looks at the emergence of volunteered geographic information, the rise of citizen mapping, and the issues associated with crowdsourced spatial data.
Crowdsourced Street Views with Mapillary: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/crowdsourced-street-views-with-mapillary/
Georeferencer Project: Crowdsourcing Location Data for Historic Maps: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/georeferencer-project-crowdsourcing-location-data-for-historic-maps/
Crowdsourcing Story Maps and Privacy: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/crowdsourcing-story-maps-and-privacy/
Chapter 9 - Public Domain Data on the Cloud
Describes the adoption of cloud computing technologies and the impact on spatial data access and the provision of GIS services.
Open Data Portals: It isn’t Rocket Science: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/open-data-portals-it-isnt-rocket-science/
More Eyes, Better Data: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/more-eyes-better-data/
Lidar Point Cloud Published as Open Data: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/lidar-point-cloud-published-as-open-data/
Chapter 10 - The Future of Public Domain Data in GIS
Concludes with a consideration of the future for public domain spatial data and the emerging issues and initiatives that will affect data quality, access, licensing, privacy, and the choices available to the data user.
UN: Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/un-future-trends-in-geospatial-information-management/
On Geospatial Information and the Sustainable Development Goals: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/4549/
UAV/UAS: The Next Influx of Spatial Data: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/uavuas-the-next-influx-of-spatial-data/
Esri’s Living Atlas of the World: New Source and Method of Obtaining and Using Spatial Data: https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/esris-living-atlas-of-the-world-new-source-and-method-of-obtaining-and-using-spatial-data/