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Author: Barbara Parmenter, Ph.D.

1. Assignment 7 - Initial Project Description and Data Documentation (10 points)

Introduction to GIS for Urban and Environmental Analysis

Barbara Parmenter, PhD, Tufts University, 2007

Format : Text or PDF document.

Overview of project
The best way to learn is by doing, so for the rest of the semester you will each be applying the GIS skills that you are learning to a small project of your choice. You are welcome to use a project that you are working on in another class or in your work. If it is a project for another class, just check with your GIS instructor and the other course instructor to let us know and discuss what you will do in the context of each class. The GIS instructor will be happy to help you choose and design a project if you don't already have one in mind. You should also look at some of the GIS examples or the case studies and chapter references in the GIS for the Urban Environment textbook or the posters from previous classes.

To see what will be required in the final project, please see the Final Poster / Paper guidelines in the Projects folder.

What is due for this assignment
For this assignment, please compile a short report with the following items:

  1. Write a description of what you would like to do on your project (what is the question or questions you would like to answer, the issue you are tackling, etc.)

  2. Provide at least four briefly annotated examples of similar analyses (some or all of these should come from peer-reviewed journals if possible) - briefly annotated means that you have a paragraph about each example - if you cannot find examples of exactly what you are doing, find examples at least in the same general field or one using similar data sets

  3. Describe the methods you think you will use (because we haven't covered analysis in detail yet, this may be very preliminary)

  4. List the data layers you will need for this project (if you know where you will get them from, list the source, otherwise indicate that you will need help locating this data set) and include the minimum accuracy you will accept (e.g., for the location of a stream, does it need to be within 500 feet of its actual location or within 10 feet? Your answer will depend on your analysis purpose and the scale of your project). Note: This section of your report could take the form of a table with each data layer occupying one row.