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March 28, 2006

Cartographic Issues for Mobile Devices

This entry is for the group project examining cartographic issues related to mobile devices.

Transportation Access and GIS

This entry is for the group project working on Transportantion Access and GIS.

Readings on NSDI, Data Sharing, MN SDI

National Research Council. (1993). Toward a Coordinated Spatial Data Infrastructure. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
Read chapters 1,2, 3, and 4 from photocopy

Dawes, S. S., Bloniarz, P. A., Kelley, K. L., & Fletcher, P. D. (1999). Some assemly required. Building a digital government for the 21st century (Workshop report). Albany, NY: Center for Technology in Government.
Read chapters 1,2, and 3 from photocopy

Tosta, N. (1999). NSDI was supposed to be a verb. In B. Gittings (Ed.), Innovations in GIS 6 (pp. 3-24). London: Taylor and Francis
Read chapter from photocopy

FGDC. (2004). NSDI Future Directions Initiative
Read online at http://www.fgdc.gov/policyandplanning/future-directions/reports/FD_Final_Report.pdf

Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information. (1997). Laying the foundation for a geographic data clearinghouse.
Read online at http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/pdf/gisclear.pdf

Readings on Certification

Huxhold, W. E., & Craig, W. J. (2003). Certification and Ethics in the GIS Profession. URISA Journal, 15(1), 51-64.
Available at http://www.urisa.org/Journal/Vol15No1/huxhold.pdf

Harvey, F. (2003). The significance of public safety for GIS professional licensing and certification. URISA Journal, 15(1), 15-20.
Available at http://www.urisa.org/Journal/Vol15No1/harvey.pdf

Additional Papers/Resources

The Geographic Information System Certification Institute (http://www.gisci.org/) offers a rich overview of certification issues.

Exercise 4

I've received questions regarding the first option of exercise 4.

Whats the difference between associated and embedded metadata?
Associated metadata is held in a different file then the geographic information; embedded metadata is contained in the same files as the geographic information.

what metadata file should i attach to my exercise for question 4.
Depending on the option you choose, attach either the metadata you accessed, or the metadata you produced.

March 27, 2006

PPGIS Group Project

This is for the PPGIS Project Group discussions related to their project.

March 26, 2006

Addendum to exercise 4, option 2

The text to read and consider for exercise 4, option 2 is at a new URL: Mea culpa
The fgdc reorganized the web site, so the paths to things have changed. It's now at:

March 25, 2006

PPGIS websites

Minneapolis Neighborhood Information System
Electronic forum on participatory use of geo-spatial information systems and technologies
Public Participation GIS
URISA PPGIS sponsored activities

March 17, 2006


After our discussion about client/server web GIS, this OGC site offers some insights into the next round of developments, referred to as web services:


March 2, 2006

Second Statement Instructions

The second course statement, due 9Mar2006, provides an opportunity to link material we have covered in the first half of the semester to your overall education and career objectives from the first statement. It can also become a way to connect this material to your mid-term exam preparation.

The second statement (due 9Mar2006) has two parts. In the first part, you should reflect on the relationship between learning objectives and course material covered (500 words). The second part should also write specifically about how the material learned fits in with your GIS interests (500 words)

Please email your statement to me (fharvey@umn.edu) by 9Mar2006.