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Mind mapping software (also called information mapping) can help project managers create views of this project information in a way that is easier to understand and more actionable.
Class Final Project You may have noted in our syllabus that the last assignment in this class is a Final Project map (due by noon on August 12). I wanted to get you thinking about your map now and to begin planning for what data you will use and how you will acquire and present that data‐‐acquiring data is always the number one problem for students (often for professionals as well). Your map will be created in QGIS and will be delivered as a professional‐looking map in PDF or .JPG format, incorporating the concepts you have learned in this course. The goal of the final project map will be to present your topic in a well‐designed, clearly‐understood map, which addresses both the artistic and scientific aspects of cartography. I will post future reminders about the Final Project map, but here are the requirements. Identify the theme or “story” you wish to tell with your map. Be sure to refer to the Checklist on page 259 for map elements. For full credit you must address all elements in this checklist (though your map may focus on an area other than the 48 states listed there). Locate sources of data needed, primarily Esri vector shapefiles and perhaps raster imagery (for example in a GeoTIFF format—meaning the image is georeferenced). We will learn more about this soon, but be sure to ask if you have questions. Your data CANNOT be limited to the shapefiles we already used in the QGIS assignments—you must go beyond that. The easiest solution for acquiring data is from the SanGIS.org website, which we examined previously. That data is already in shapefile format and easy to download and unzip for use in QGIS. All SanGIS data have the same coordinate system too. But there are countless websites available and googling your subject matter (with keywords like GIS, data, download) may lead you to other data. Again, if you have questions about data, please ask. Determine what type of analysis or geoprocessing, if any, you may need to conduct in QGIS. For example, following what you have learned in Chapter 5 and 6 QGIS labs, you may want to run queries, selection by location, buffer, create new shapefiles from other shapefiles, etc. Think about the layout, map extent, symbology, and contents of the final map product: for example, if you are mapping features in Los Angeles County, your map extent will be the County, not the entire world. You may include features that should be labeled, or you may have numeric data that should use graduated symbols, as in the Chapter 7 lab (with population per square mile). Export the final map to a PDF or graphic (.jpg) format using the QGIS Composer (from Chapter7). If you have questions about the Final Project, such as how to acquire data, please let me know ASAP. If you wait until the final week of class to design and produce your map, it will almost certainly not be well‐executed and my ability to assist you will be limited. This is something you will need several weeks to finalize, especially to secure the data you need. Keep in mind that if the data you want is for a very specific and uncommon subject or location and/or at very high resolution/large scale, it has a low chance of being readily and freely available‐‐unless you have, let’s say, a major connection to the primary researcher of the giant clams of Rose Atoll in the Samoan Archipelago that you plan to map (and unless you do, don’t even try it!). This is your opportunity to make the map YOU want to make and to design it as you choose. Envision this as your chance to shine, with a “map story” that you want to tell and go for it. See page 3 below for advice on adding a background / basemap to QGIS. San Diego Mesa College 1 Extra Credit To earn extra credit, submit a one‐to‐two‐page write‐up detailing what your final project map involves in terms of the theme, data layers used, and the source for these data, and any geoprocessing or analysis steps you applied. This write‐up is also due no later than noon on August 12 and will be submitted with your final map via the Assignments page (available later in class). Feel free to include additional pages for any helpful screenshots, if desired. San Diego Mesa College 2 Using Background Imagery in QGIS This is NOT a requirement for your final project map, but you may be interested in adding background imagery (a basemap) to your QGIS map. There are a number of very useful layers available for use in QGIS (see dropdown menu in graphic near bottom of page) that can add a background that will benefit the map, such as roads or terrain. To set this up in QGIS, click the Plugins menu on the upper QGIS toolbar and select Manage and Install Plugins to open the Plugins window (this may take a few minutes, depending upon your connection): Once connected, enter “OpenLayers” in the upper Search section of the window and, from the list returned, select OpenLayers Plugin. At the bottom of this window, click the Install plugin button—this may again take a bit of time to download and install to your computer. Once installed, close the window and return to the main QGIS window. To choose the desired background, open the Web menu on the upper toolbar and select OpenLayers plugin (see graphic below). From here, experiment with the types of background layers available— remember that you will need to move your other layers above this background data to see them. Examples of two types of maps are shown below. OpenStreetMap: Google Satellite: Important: a good rule of thumb is to always first add the vector data to set the QGIS coordinate system. Zoom to the area for the basemap and then add your basemap layer. San Diego Mesa College 3
At the core of AEF is a mapping language that allows test engineers to map abstract actions to GUI implementations.
From Counter-Mapping to Artist’s Mapping to Community Mapping In groups, and without using your phones or iPads, try to draw a map of Exeter, including the university campus, from memory.