Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bike Map

This is a draft of my bike map. Annotation is frustration. . . I am trying to figure it out but not really learning how to do it if that makes sense??? The bike paths have not been done at all yet.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Class 3

Learning how to export my map as a PDF and use the Object Data Tool was a big deal for me today. Hopefully this will help me make a useful map for Shoulder to Shoulder. As I mentioned in my last post, exporting such a map as a jpeg was simply too 2-dimensional to be of much use. The ability to show a viewer the data contained within each household however, makes a big difference. I am going to try to upload it here and see what happens. . . it did not work. I will keep trying!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

GIS 121 Class Two

My LEAF map! So, as usual I am conflicted between making a map - a traditional map - and using GIS as a vector to convey information. I have not figured out how to effectively convey information on a simple map with dots on it. I know that there is so much info hidden within those points but someone looking at the map printed on a piece of paper or as a jpeg file cant really get the depth that is there. I am frustrated by this all the time.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Geodatabase Classes

Just a quick post on the geodatabase classes. . .
They have been a bit discouraging. I feel like I had just gotten the hang of the basics of GIS in general - but no. Geodatabases seem to me in a league of their own and now there is a new set of vocabulary to learn. That being said, I am excited to learn more and it seems that getting into geodatabases will be highly beneficial. So, the question of the post is this - do GIS users generally have one geodatabase per project?


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Class #3

So yes, not only can I import and georeference CAD datasets in ArcMap, but I can post them to this blog - yet another first for me ; )

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

GIS 215 Class #2

So, in regards to class number 2. . .

I thought it was a really good overview/introduction (depending on perspective) of data models. Certainly the class exercise hammered home the importance of considering the fluidity, or lack there of, between the various model types. It seems to me (naive computer user) that the importance of deleting obsolete fields on the fly so that one does not have to be confounded by not-updated geometry is significant. Why does the software not do this? Certainly it can create a number of fields on its own.

I thought the video was useful as well. I have never used CAD so most of it was beyond me, but it did familiarize me with some new vocabulary. I am constantly learning how much I do not know about GIS. New to me are that there are ArcGIS servers and Map Services. And what is the advantage for using something like CAD to draw contour lines???

I have so far to go!

Until Next Time - Jill

Monday, January 21, 2008

GIS Class #1

About class one. . .
I found reviewing Microsoft Access quite enlightening. I guess it has been more years than I care to admit since I have used it and truthfully, it was like looking at a brand new program. I thought the tutorial was a nice way to introduce Access and can imagine I will refer to it often in the future. Acces seemed fairly user friendly. In fact, I found using Access much easier than trying to build a new database in ArcGIS even though they should be similar. Granted I am a new user of ArcGIS and was pretty much just muddling through when I made a GIS database, I am now wondering if it is common practice to build a database in Access and then import it into Arc?

Other than that, I am excited to be back learning more about GIS. I think it is a phenomenal tool/field and I look forward to the rest of the semester.


PS - now for the more flippant ; )
Is it possible to put a song on a blog? Like a theme song perhaps? "Get Out the Map" by the Indigo Girls is a fun one, although if anyone out there has any mapping related song that inspire them, I would love to hear about it!