March 28, 2006

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 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:

February 7, 2006

Topology Exercise 7Feb

Here is the topology exercise we briefly went over at the end of class. You can download a pdf version of the figure at:

Remember to prepare three tables, nodes, chains, and polygons.

If you have any questions, please post a comment.

We will go over this optional exercise on Thursday.
Francis Harvey

January 17, 2006

Exercise 1

GIScience encompasses several main research themes. Starting from the 2002 Research Topics this exercise requires you to determine what are the main questions of one particular research challenges and to assess how these questions have been addressed in the mean time. We will determine your research challenge in class.

Start out by selecting a research challenge from the list at

In around 100 words summarize the main questions. Add a discussion of research activities and how they have addressed research questions since 2002. This discussion should be at least 200 words long (a total of 300 words). Make sure to include references with web links whenever applicable.

Please post your summary and discussion to the course blog and send me an email.

Answers are due by 12:00 PM on Tuesday 24Jan.