Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
I should have a guest writer for today. I can imagine the location and condition of Utility lines would be at the top of my list. The location of trouble spots would be useful to illustrate where capital improvements might be needed. Some municipalities track locations of crime to make decisions about where to concentrate enforcement efforts. Street type and condition, sidewalk type and condition, etc would be useful to keep track of. Parks and park facilities would seem to have potential for record keeping. I am sure that elected and appointed officials can think of many more things to keep track of than I can.
Friday, February 12, 2010
One of the most important features of GIS is that it can make planning and zoning much more manageable. Existing data layers such as soils, floodplain boundaries, and undermined areas, can be used to make decisions about appropriate future development. Planning and zoning is not about telling people what to do with their land, it is about avoiding expensive mistakes both for the developer and the unit of government.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
The first time you turn on your GIS, it will look very foreign, but with a day or 2 of training, most people can learn what they need to know to get a good start. No special talent or education is needed. Just be willing take the time to learn. Also, keep in mind that even if you can't remember how to do something, the fact that the software is capable of doing something is the first step in the learning process.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
You can map the information you want to track in 2 different ways. One way is to use a good base map such as aerial photos or USGS topographic maps and trace your features onto those. Another way is to get a downloadable GPS and collect the data on site. Down load the data and display it on your base map.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
GIS's are not really difficult to start using. It is sort of like playing golf or fishing. Once you get started, there is lots of room for improvement. At first you will likely be most concerned with making nice looking maps. This is the easy part. Data analysis can be done by displaying certain data and also by by looking at numbers statistically.