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The GIS Management Handbook - Second Edition


URISA is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of The GIS Management Handbook. This is a major revision of the 2009 book* by author Peter Croswell. The book has greatly expanded and updated content and comes with a valuable set of supplemental digital materials. It is a valuable resource and tool for practitioners in all types of organizations and is suitable for use in upper level college and university courses.

This book is a comprehensive guide and reference to the field of GIS management. It provides practical information on the development, implementation, and operation of GIS programs and projects—for a full range of public sector, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations and companies. This book takes a practical approach providing clear descriptions of concepts, issues, and practices that may be used in operational to improve and maximize the efficiency of GIS programs and projects.

Read the overview of the 2nd Edition of this popular book

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Who should read this book?

  • Current GIS program and project managers
  • GIS users and technical staff who are transitioning into a management role or are planning to do so
  • IT managers and support personnel with a requirement to understand more about GIS programs
  • Consultants and contractors providing products and services to organizations using GIS
  • Academicians and students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate GIS courses and certificate programs

What Readers Say:

  • The GIS Management Handbook (2nd Edition) provides a well-written, comprehensive overview of all aspects of managing a GIS with interesting examples and case studies. It is an excellent tool for new practitioners and an excellent review for old hands.” - Corinna Vester, Operations Manager, Natural Resources Canada, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation

  • "Those not familiar with the previous edition of The GIS Management Handbook will find here a comprehensive collection of ideas, strategies and tools specific to the geospatial industry for effective program and project management. In this 2ndEdition, the author provides a major revision and update that will ensure GIS managers are up to date on the current literature, trends, and ideas needed to ensure future success in a  growing but highly competitive and technical industry.​" - Professor Pat Kennelly, Long Island University Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science

  • The GIS Management Handbook is a great resource filled with useful templates and information applicable to real-world scenarios.  It is a valuable addition to my professional development library!” - Sam Young, GIS Program Manager, Blaine County ID

  • "A must go to resource for GIS Managers." - Jeff Utter, GIS Manager, Kern County CA

  •  “I feel strongly that The GIS Management Handbook can be used as a catalyst to encourage GIS practitioners to make the next step to GIS leadership and management. A definitive guide for anyone in GIS management. I have been in the field for over 25 years and still reference this book as a refresher for principles of good GIS management.” - John Bacon, IT Strategy Program Manager, City of Hamilton, ON

  • “So many GIS professionals find themselves thrust into managerial roles and they need a go-to resource specific to our unique discipline. As an academic, The GIS Management Handbook is the best textbook I have found on the topic. Croswell’s second edition is very welcome and provides relevant updated coverage on topics relevant to our emerging profession.” - Dr. John Morgan, Assistant Professor of GIS, University of West Florida

  • The GIS Management Handbook is one of the most comprehensive resource available to GIS Managers. It should be an important part of every GIS manager’s toolkit. I have personally been using it and have directed many of our clients who are GIS managers and aspiring Managers to it. It is definitely a MUST-Read handbook for every GIS Manager.” - Valrie Grant, Managing Director, GeoTechVision, Kingston Jamaica 
  • “The second edition of The GIS Management Handbook is a tour de force for all engaged in planning, implementing and managing geographic information systems programs and projects. This book covers the core concepts as well as the nitty gritty details and as such, provides an essential reference for those who aspire and work every day to use geographic information to solve problems and seize the opportunities they are afforded to improve the world around us”.Dr. John P. Wilson, Professor and Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

The book covers all pertinent topics, including: a) organizational structures, b) program governance, c) strategic and implementation planning, d) project planning and management, e) funding and financial management, f) communications, g) human resources and staff management, h) legal concerns, policies, and standards, i) technical management and administration, and j) GIS office operations.. A full chapter on additional resources provides an excellent guide to GIS and IT organizations, Web sites, and publications, and a well-organized set of suggested readings.

In addition, those who acquire this book will be given access to a comprehensive library of “supplemental digital materials”—actual documents, spreadsheets, and graphics that provide real-world examples and tools on topics covered in the book.

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Author: Peter L. Croswell, PMP, GISP, CMS

Published by Kessey Dewitt Publications in association with URISA, 460 pp.

2019, ISBN13: 978-0-9824093-1-2

Price: $175 Non Academic and $60 Academic (only qualify to those that have edu email address) plus $10 shipping and handling for U.S. mailing addresses; $55 for Canada; $68 International orders.  

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