Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Student Spotlight: Special Topics in GIS - Web Mapping Project

GIS 4930 / 5935 Special Topics in GIS, Instructor, Mrs. Trisha Holtzclaw

This week we will be highlighting student’s work from the Special Topics in GIS: Web Mapping Project.

Web Mapping Project Highlights

Through this project students learned to create two types of Arc Online map products: interactive map presentations, and interactive web map applications. Presentations were created using the more advanced ArcGIS.com online mapping tool: ArcGIS Explorer Online. Web applications were made through the Arc Online map viewer. Students tailored stand-alone map products to provide more information than basic standard web map. They utilized these presentations to introduce users to their web mapping projects, and invited them to use your web map application and add to the dataset themselves.

  • Create an ArcGIS Explorer Online presentation
  • Create an ArcGIS Online web application
  • Embed interactive presentation into blog post
  • Completed Process Summary

Student Spotlight Awards

Please join us in congratulating Georgina Black. Her deliverables for the Web Mapping Project were exactly what we were looking for with this assignment.

Georgina Black
About Georgina: Georgina is currently working as a 1N171 or Geospatial Intelligence Analyst and working 48 hours per week. She exploits radar, infrared, multi-spectral, and wet film imagery from airborne assets, full motion electro-optical and infrared imagery and multi-spectral, infrared and electro-optical satellite imagery. Georgina is also quality control for the intelligence products generated from these sensor types. She would describe herself as a vector but specifically, the one created by Network Analyst. She finds two or more folks or ideas and determines the shortest path between them for optimal learning and growing for everyone involved. Connecting dots efficiently, that is Georgina. Welcome to the spotlight Gina!

What we like:  Georgina’s presentation was visually compelling. Her text instructions were clear and her pop-up images and zoom extent was excellent. Links were a tricky part of the assignment this week, but Georgina managed to complete everything without issue. Great job this week, Georgina. Enjoy your time in the spotlight!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Student Spotlights: Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing - Module 7

GIS4035 Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing, Instructor, Mr. Brian Fulfrost

This week we will be highlighting student’s work from the Remote Sensing Course's Module 7: Multispectral Analysis Lab

Multispectral Analysis Project Highlights

For this laboratory exercise students examined an image of forest surrounding the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.  They learned the different bands – or layers – of satellite imagery to use to best study various images.  They also learned to calculate an index that allowed them to easily distinguish between vegetation and other features within the photo. 

  • Explore Image Histograms
  • Operate the Inquire Cursor
  • Interpret histogram data in images
  • Identify features by interpreting digital data

Student Spotlight Awards

Please join us in congratulating David Doffing and Mohammed Hussain. Their deliverables for the Multispectral Analysis Lab were exactly what we were looking for with this assignment.

David Doffing

About David: David resides in the lovely city of Golden, Colorado. He received his Bachelors in Computer Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. David was introduced to GIS by his step-father and currently works as a Data Technician at Axess Communications. In his free time David likes to snowboard, skateboard, hike, and play guitar. All of your hard work has paid off, David. Enjoy your time in the spotlight!

What we like:  David’s maps were visually compelling. Clearly distinguished bands were utilized in the legend creating an apparent understanding of what was being viewed. Overall, his project demonstrated understanding of concepts and techniques learned in the module assignment.

Mohamed Hussain
About Mohamed: Mohamed received his Bachelors in surveying engineering in 2003. His hope is that the UWF Online GIS program will help to improve his GIS skills so that he can change his career path to a more GIS related field. Based on the work he’s demonstrated this week we think he is right on target Congratulations and welcome to the spotlight!

What we like: He did a great job of outlining the steps used to identify the features directly in maps. His methods used are clearly demonstrated in the image shown. He displays a keen understanding of the concepts and techniques learned in the lab assignment.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Student Spotlights: Special Topics in GIS in Archaeology

This week we will be highlighting student’s work from the Special Topics in GIS for Archaeology Course's Scythian Burial Mounds Project. 

Scythian Burial Mounds Project Highlights

Who are the Scythians? The Scythians were a group of culturally similar nomadic, horse-riding pastoralists who inhabited a vast area ranging from central Asia and Russia to Romania and the Ukraine and north of the Black Sea between the 8th century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D. This project presented to students the skills of combining information about a past culture and location in order to model the spatial relationship between archaeological sites and their surrounding landscape. First, students identified and collected data necessary for modeling spatial relationships of archaeological sites. Next, students referenced and implemented predictive modeling tools. Finally, students ran a regression analysis on their data and created a report based on the interpretation of their statistical results.

  • Run a regression analysis on the Scythian data
  • Interpret statistical results
  • Express predictions statistically via written report

Student Spotlight Awards

Please join us in congratulating Angela Matusik. Her deliverables for the Scythian Report Week were exactly what we were looking for with this assignment.

Angela Matusik

About Angela: Angela received her traditional GIS Certificate in Spring 2012 and returned to the program this Summer and Fall to add the Archaeology certificate to her list of accomplishments. In addition to taking courses in the Online GIS Program, Angela is a student in the online Maritime Studies program at the University of West Florida. She currently resides on a navy base in the Bahamas where she works full time as a civilian contractor for the Environmental, Health, and Safety Department. She dreams of one day working for the Department of Interior doing a combination of GIS and archaeology and/or environmental protection type work. Based on the skills she’s demonstrated in the program thus far, we’re confident Angela will one day make that dream a reality. Great work this week, Angela! We hope you enjoy your time in the spotlight!

What we like: Excellent cartographic skills! Angela carefully planned out the layout and design of her map making certain to present the data frames as well as the graph in a way that was visually pleasing. She diligently included all of her essential map elements as well as an inset to help demonstrate the exact location of the study area. Great job of "owning" your map!      

Angela Matusik's Scythian Report Document