New ESRI Press Book Shows How to Use GIS to Think Globally, Act Regionally

March 10, 2006 -- Redlands, California—A new book from ESRI Press illustrates how to use spatial analysis as a tool to solve real-world problems facing social scientists and students of public policy. Think Globally, Act Regionally: GIS and Data Visualization for Social Science and Public Policy Research explores the spatial aspects of everything from the preservation of farmland, endangered plants, and animals to urban and regional planning and management of light rail lines.

Think Globally, Act Regionally shows how spatial analysis can help users turn knowledge into action, capitalize on opportunities to solve problems, and put theory to work for a better world. Topics range from the broad themes of urbanization, geographic information system (GIS) technology, and data visualization to a look at multivariate data graphics, the balance between the built and natural environments, and issues of spatial equity and regional integration. Think Globally, Act Regionally concludes by exploring regional planning in Portland, Oregon, with a look at how applied social science and regional planning works even as new challenges and conflicts arise.

The book is designed as a monthlong module focused on applying GIS in social science and public policy research method coursework. Structured exercises using data on the accompanying CD-ROM are designed to be completed in six hours of computer lab time, with four suggested final exercises at the end of the book. Think Globally, Act Regionally is appropriate for students who have not completed a course in statistics or social science data analysis and have only basic computer skills.

Author Richard LeGates received a joint juris doctor and master of community planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in law and city planning. He is a professor of urban studies at San Francisco State University, teaching GIS, regional planning, housing, and land use. LeGates is also coeditor of a widely used, interdisciplinary anthology—The City Reader, third edition, and co-series editor of the Routledge Urban Reader series.

Think Globally, Act Regionally: GIS and Data Visualization for Social Science and Public Policy Research (ISBN 1-58948-124-0, 538 pages, $64.95) is available in bookstores and from online retailers worldwide or can be purchased at www.esri.com/esripress or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, you may also contact your local ESRI distributor. Books published by ESRI Press are distributed to the trade by Independent Publishers Group (Tel.: 1-800-888-4741, Web: www.ipgbook.com).

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