New Workbook from Esri Press

                                  A Practical Guide to the Skills Essential to Mastering ArcGIS

Redlands, California—July 7, 2010— The GIS 20: Essential Skills by Gina Clemmer is an indispensable workbook that helps readers master the top 20 skills that are necessary to become proficient in using ArcGIS software. The book is a direct result of a survey that Clemmer recently conducted with geographic information system (GIS) professionals to quantify the primary skills that are needed to be a successful GIS user.

Each of the 20 chapters covers a specific topic related to the essential GIS skills Clemmer determined from the survey, including creating map layouts, preparing data, joining data to maps, working with attribute tables, mapping addresses, querying location, and publishing maps. The book also includes a data CD for completing the exercises.

“The purpose of the book is to provide a focused approach to learning GIS by offering clear, easy-to-follow exercises for the most commonly used GIS skills in the industry today,” says Clemmer. “It is written for professionals with no time for classroom training and can be used for independent study or an as-needed reference.”

Clemmer is president of New Urban Research, Inc., a research and training company in Portland, Oregon. The author, who holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Iowa, has spent the better part of the last decade training thousands of new GIS users across the country. More than 15,000 working professionals have attended the company’s most popular workshop, Mapping Your Community: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis.

The GIS 20: Essential Skills (ISBN: 9781589482562, 155 pages, $39.95) is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri Press

Esri Press publishes books on GIS, cartography, and the application of spatial analysis to many areas of public and private endeavor including land-use planning, health care, education, business, government, and science. The complete selection of GIS titles from Esri Press can be found on the Web at

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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