Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Week 4/GIS and Cartography Student Spotlights

Any assignment focused on making maps using a GIS must begin with an important qualification: 

“GIS is not just about making maps”

Cartographic output, however, is the most common product of GIS analyses and is an essential skill. While a GIS project can just as easily end up with information displayed as numbers or tables, spatial information is usually displayed best as a map.

In this exercise, students were introduced to ArcCatalog where they practiced viewing and editing spatial data sets. After becoming familiar with the data, they created maps like the one's highlighted below.  Students learned how to create new layers from a query or selection as well as how to select only specific attributes for labeling. Once the final layers were ready, labels were converted to annotation in order to manipulate labels individually.

This week's Student Spotlight goes to:

When Adriano isn't working on our GIS assignments or visiting family or playing soccer or diving or... he works at the European Union Satellite Centre - an EU agency that supports the decision-making of the European Union in the field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
What we like: color scheme, layout and overall design. Lat/Long grid lines.

More: See Adriano's Week 4 blog post

Brian Deem
Brian comes to us with a background in land surveying. He spent his 20 year career in the Army doing geodetic surveying and now he has is own GIS consulting and data collection company. 

What we like: meters (unit of measure) included on the elevation legend, map layout and personalized logo.

More: See Brian's Week 4 blog post

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