Mapping Hacks, Tips and Tools for Electronic Cartography
Author: Schuyler Erle, Rich Gibson, Jo Walsh
Publisher: O'Reilly Media Inc., June 2005
ISBN: 0-596-00703-5
Reviewer: Gordon Haverland
Pages: 514 pages

Publisher's Description: Mapping Hacks is a collection of one hundred
simple techniques available to developers and power users who want to draw
digital maps. You'll learn where to find the best sources of geographic
data and then how to integrate that data into your own creations. With so
many industrial-strength tips and tools, Mapping Hacks effectively takes
the sting out of digital mapmaking.

Chapter 1. Mapping Your Life
Chapter 2. Mapping Your Neighborhood
Chapter 3. Mapping Your World
Chapter 4. Mapping (on) the Web
Chapter 5. Mapping with Gadgets
Chapter 6. Mapping on Your Desktop
Chapter 7. Names and Places
Chapter 8. Building the Geospatial Web
Chapter 9. Mapping with Other People

Reviewer Background: My background in large part is that of a GIS/GPS
specialist in Ag-Geostatistics for 6 years.

Content Type: This is a book for users of maps, and map type information.
Users being slightly more oriented towards the generation of maps.

Content Level: The reader is expect to be fairly computer savvy.

Features: Lots of URLs to sample or useful material.  Several items are
available at the Publisher website.

Style: A friendly, tutorial style of writing is used.

Various technologies, led by GPS, are allowing a user's location to be
readily and accurately determined.  With our current location, maps
relative to our location can be generated.  Maps to food, repairs, travel,
etc. are within reach.

This book helps you with accessing "georeferenced" data.  To be of most
use, you should be able to extrapolate from descriptions as many sources
change their interfaces wthout warning.  But, if any applications you are
interested in have any kind of georeferenced content, this is a rich
source of ideas.

Good book for those interested in generating maps.