Beyond Mapping Compilation Series


Compilation of Beyond Mapping columns


by Joseph K. Berry appearing in GeoWorld from 1989 to 2013


The Beyond Mapping Compilation Series extends GIS technology from mapping and geo-query to spatial statistics and analysis that investigates spatial patterns and relationships.  It presents a structured view of the important concepts, considerations and procedures involved in map analysis.  The nearly three hundred monthly columns written over a twenty five year period forms an evolutionary perspective on the revolutionary elements of GIS technology that make it different from traditional map structure, content, processing and use. The discussions encourage the reader to extend the traditional role of maps from telling us “Where is What” to entirely new paradigms of “Why, So What and What If.”  Within this context, maps become data and map analysis becomes the means to derive information about spatial patterns and relationships within and among map layers.  


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Intended Audience


The Beyond Mapping Compilation Series is an online collection of Joseph K. Berry's popular Beyond Mapping columns published in GeoWorld magazine (formerly GIS World) from 1989 through 2013.  It is intended to be used as a self-instructional text or used in support of formal academic courses for study of grid-based map analysis.


Each of the four “Books” in the series contains ten “Topics” plus an Introduction and Epilog.  Each topic contains an initial set of “Sections” designed to develop a general knowledge of a subject area.  Further Reading” in each Topic provides additional sections intended for readers wanting more information or greater detail on approaches, procedures and considerations discussed in the main sections.


Content and Organization


This compilation series is organized into four online books—


Beyond Mapping IV: GIS Modeling containing columns from 2007 to 2013 into 10 Topics, Introduction and Epilog

Beyond Mapping III: Map Analysis containing columns from 1996 to 2007 into 10 Topics, Introduction and Epilog

Beyond Mapping II: Spatial Reasoning containing columns from 1993 to 1996 into 10 Topics, Introduction and Epilog

Beyond Mapping I: Beyond Mapping containing columns from 1989 to 1993 into 10 Topics, Introduction and Epilog


Four hardcopy books with supplemental materials support the online compilation—


GIS Modeling Applying Map Analysis Tools and Techniques …covers the period 2007 to 2013 (Berry, 2013; Basis Press Publisher)

Map Analysis Understanding Spatial Patterns and Relationships …covers the period 1996 to 2007 (Berry, 2007; GeoTec Media Publisher)

Spatial Reasoning for Effective GIS …covers the period 1993 to 1996 (Berry, 1995; John Wiley Publisher)

Beyond Mapping Concepts, Algorithms, and Issues in GIS covers the period 1989 to 1993 (Berry, 1993; John Wiley Publisher)


The companion CD-ROM with the Map Analysis and GIS Modeling books contains further readings, color graphics and software for hands-on experience with the material presented.  In addition, an Instructor’s CD-ROM is available that contains a comprehensive set of instructional materials for use with the book supporting a variety of seminars, workshops and courses including syllabus, PowerPoint lectures, exercises, databases, and study/exam questions and answers.


Companion "Hands-On" Exercises


MapCalc software provides hands-on exercises supporting the topics in the Map Analysis book and the other books in the compilation series.  Educational versions are available in student and instructor forms…


MapCalc Learner …is a Student Tutorial Version with Exercises/databases, application demos and text; 100x100 configuration; single seat license for educational use only.


MapCalc Academic …is an Instructor Classroom Version with all of the above material plus lecture PowerPoint’s, additional exercises and exam questions/answers; unlimited analysis frame configuration; multiple seat license for single computer lab; educational use only.


Nearly all of the graphics in the columns were created using MapCalc (formally tMAP) and its optional software, using a standard personal computer and screen capture.  MapCalc software, User’s Manual, supplemental readings, exercises, tutorial databases and instructor materials are royalty free and can be downloaded from 


Copyright Notice


This compilation of articles originally written by Joseph K. Berry for the "Beyond Mapping" column appearing in GeoWorld (formally GIS World) magazine and are individually copyrighted by the author and GeoTec Media (M2MEDIA360 © 1996-20013).  The electronic form of this compilation including text, graphics and supporting materials are copyrighted by Joseph K. Berry.


(© 2013) All rights are reserved.  Permission to copy, use and distribute portions of the compilation series for educational purposes is granted provided reference is made to the author and the online compilation.  Further distribution of this online compilation in its entirety is prohibited without prior permission by the author.


Permission to use portions of the Beyond Mapping Compilation Series collection of columns for educational purposes is granted provided reference is made to the author

and to the URL of the online compilation containing the materials—


For example, if referencing figure 1 in Section 4 “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn” of Topic 4What GIS Is and Isn’t: Spatial Data Mapping, Management, Modeling and More” in Book IBeyond Mapping: Concepts, Algorithms and Issues in GIS” of the Beyond Mapping Compilation Series by Joseph  K. Berry can be shortened to—


Figure is from Berry, Beyond Mapping Compilation Series (Basis Press, 2013) online Book I, Topic 4 “What GIS Is and Isn’t” posted at:


For more information about the Beyond Mapping Compilation Series and related materials, contact…


Joseph K. Berry

Berry and Associates // Spatial Information Systems (Basis)

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