Test 1 Study Questions (ch. 1 - 4)

Study Questions

Chapter 1:

  1. What is a map?
  2. How has technology changed mapping?
  3. How are maps used to kill?
  4. The pentagon has a policy that prohibits the use of maps made by foreign nations. What are the implications of this?
  5. Give an example of how maps lead us to knew ways of thinking that we may not have considered without a map.
  6. How do maps handle such a big and complex world/earth?
  7. Give and example of how maps can show us 'the invisible'.
  8. How has the internet changed mapping? What is your favorite interet mapping site?

Chapter 2:

  1. How does map intent shape design? Consider different maps made of the same area by different interest groups.
  2. Discuss how consideration of the map's audience can influence design.
  3. Compare and contrast some design considerations for different final map mediums such as color on paper versus black and white on paper.
  4. What are some considerations when designing a map that will be projected in a classroom or other room?
  5. What are some design considerations when designing a map to be displayed on a computer monitor?
  6. You are designing a large map (34" x 44") to be displayed in front of a group of people at a county council meeting. You also need to design a map with similar objectives to be produced on a small piece of paper (8.5" x 11") to be include in a report you will be providing to each of the people sitting on the council during the meeting. How would you do this?
  7. You are going to the 2007 NCGIS Conference to present on the topic of sustainable slope development in the mountains. You have been working on this project for the past year and have compiled data relating to this topic. You will be presenting to a group in a large auditorium using a projector and you will also have a poster entered into the poster competition at the conference. Compare and contrast the design considerations for these 2 maps.
  8. What types of things should you document about a map design and why?
  9. Compare and contrast formative and impact evaluation.

Chapter 3:

  1. Give an example of a real-world phenomena and how data can be used to show it on a map (don't use an example from the book).
  2. Describe some of the possible inherent problems when using data from different sources.
  3. Compare and contrast 2 types of data used in GIS.
  4. Compare and contrast vector and raster data.
  5. How are qualitative and quantitative data different? Give an example of both.
  6. Discuss some of the different important aspects of accuracy you should investigate when choosing a data source.
  7. What are some of the important pieces of information you might hope to gain from metadata?
  8. As a data producer, why might you spend the time to create metadata?
  9. What is the OGC and why is it important?
  10. What is KML?
  11. What is a MarkUp Language and XML specifically?
  12. What is GPX?
  13. What are 2 types of 'mappable data' or data formats developed by ESRI?

Chapter 4:

  1. Describe a situation when a hand drawn map would serve your purpose.
  2. What are some advantages and some disadvantages to internet mapping sites?
  3. How and when are graphic design tools useful in the mapping process.
  4. Describe a fictious project where you would use 2 or more of the map making technologies to achieve your overall goals and objectives.
  5. Describe some map-making tools that were not covered in the book.

Other things we've talked about this semester. Much is review from GIS 111

  1. ArcGIS - license levels and functionality - ArcView / ArcEditor / ArcInfo
  2. ArcGIS - applications - ArcMap / ArcCatalog / ArcToolbox
  3. ArcMap -
    • Data Frames
    • Layers and layer properties
    • Layer files (.lyr)
    • Layout View vs. Data View
    • Definition queries

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