[GRASS-user] Re: GRASS Primer

gotnidea! Business Development Centre gotnidea at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 23:57:47 EST 2006

Thank you all,

I was really feeling a bit let down earlier. I am sure with the guidance I
have received I would soon come back with something of my own to share with
all of you.

I have spent nearly a week now with GRASS and I surely found the experience

Thanks for the information on mapserver. I had a quick view of it and I
would be devoting some time on it too.

Thanks again

with best regards,


On 10/31/06, Sampson, David <dsampson at nrcan.gc.ca> wrote:
>  Abhinav,
> Welcome to the woderfull and exciting world of open source GIS, Linux and
> all the related brain activity.
> First I'd like to say congratulations for your attempt to explore GRASS
> and linux (or Cygwin if you're going the windows route). The learning curve
> is steep but rewarding. And if you are a small of medium sized company then
> you'll notice some unique benifits of open source technology.
> As was previously noted in one of the responses, you have found some GREAT
> groups for users. Your challenge, as also previously noted is learning how
> to use it. If you are new the user list type community support then here are
> some tips, and maybe a quasi process..
> The GRASS resources are stored in a sort of library. Lots of good
> resources in bite sized books. No one source will provide ALL the answers.
> So lets take a little tour.
> 1. get the software (http://grass.itc.it/download/index.php)
> 2. Learn the install process. This link is an old one and for a past
> version, but hopefully it will bee a good intro....
> http://grass.itc.it//gdp/tutorial/abs_beginners.pdf
> note there is a difference between a MANUAL, a TUTORIAL, and MAILING
> list...  In our world a manual holds content and information. A tutorial is
> our source of process, and finaly the mailing list covers special issues or
> undocumented processes.
> 3. Refer to the manual
> http://grass.itc.it/grass63/manuals/html63_user/index.html
> 4. grab a link to a tutorial and follow the process. HINT: KEEP IT SIMPLE,
> the learning curve is steep and deep http://grass.itc.it/gdp/tutorials.php
> 5. Now you will inevitably have a question. So you start your search
>     A. Search the manual by keywords or key command
> http://grass.itc.it/gdp/manuals.php
>     B. Search the archived mailing lists. Note that there are some
> specialty lists. http://grass.itc.it/community/support.php
>     C. GOOGLE is your friend... eg
> http://www.google.ca/search?q=GRASS+GIS+first+time&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official
>     D. Read the Tabe of Contents (TOC) of the "How to ask a smart
> question" http://catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html (not to belittle,
> just to bring you up to speed)
>     E. Pick your forum and ask your question and wait for the onslaught of
> answers. The better the question, the more response, and broader response
> you'll get
> 6. Next build a self guided tutorial.
> You have choosen GIS as a tool to answer a question. GRASS is great tool.
> So take your question and break it down to it's simplest term (generic GIS
> workflow). Find the comman to do each small task. Build them in order and
> voila you have your own Tutorial.  Now share that information back to the
> community and the process continues.
> Did you find something that you wanted more info on as a new user. Then
> help future new users get up to speed even quicker.
> Hope this helped,
> keep your head up and have fun
> Cheers
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* grassuser-bounces at grass.itc.it [mailto:
> grassuser-bounces at grass.itc.it] *On Behalf Of *gotnidea! Business
> Development Centre
> *Sent:* October 31, 2006 05:04
> *To:* grassuser at grass.itc.it; wingrass at grass.itc.it
> *Subject:* [GRASS-user] Which is the best forum/resource for GRASS
> starters?
>  Dear All,
> I think I have gotten into group of developers rather than mere users. Or
> may be my questions are a bit trivial or out of context for most of you.
> Well, while I certainly thank you all for your patience and quick
> response, I think I am really a novice in an area for experts.
> So, my first question is which is the forum of GRASS users particularly
> for the starters and persons with little knowledge about GIS but do have a
> desire to learn it. May be one could even guide me to a book? My problem is
> that I am new to both GRASS as well as Linux world, and as I happened to
> notice that GRASS can run on Windows, I went ahead to work on it.
> Secondly I reiterate what I had asked in my last email:
> I want to have a display like:
> http://www.eicinformation.org/data/sampledata.asp?id=2
> Is it possible on GRASS?? If at all it is not possible on a web page, can
> I reproduce a similar map on my desktop, linking the data with SQL or even
> by using the existing postgreSQL?
> Thanks for all your help and patience once again.
> regards
> Abhinav
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