The newest book from ESRI Press is titled “Think Globally, Act Regionally: GIS and Data Visualization for Social Science and Public Policy Research” (ESRI Press). An article at SF (San Francisco) State News explains how it got written .
The textbook is part of a project to introduce GIS—which uses computer-generated maps to make comparisons and projections—into urban studies and urban planning programs nationwide. The Space, Culture, and Urban Policy Project is funded by a three-year, $432,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The school’s Professor of Urban Studies Richard LeGates wrote the book, apparently under the grant, then had ESRI publish it.
I, for one, had no idea how all that worked. But, apparently, that’s one way.