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Due Thursday, November 1, by 5pm - Format: put on the Student Work Zone wiki or turn hard copy into Barbara's mailbox at the UEP Department Office, 97 Talbot Ave

There are two parts to this assignment. Part One helps you to learn and practice some of the basic queries you can perform with GIS. Part Two relates to your project and requires you to map the data you have collected so far for your project.

Part One - Basic Queries (5 points)

For this section, you may use data you have collected for your project, or if more applicable, use data we have in-house or that you can download online (e.g., parcel data for Somerville, MassGIS major road data, census data).

Perform an analysis in which you use all of the following, in any order or in combination:

  • Select by attribute
    Select by location
    Statistics for selected features
    Summarize by an attribute field value

For example, you could use these tools to analyze parcels in Somerville which meet certain conditions for redevelopment, or to get an idea of park access for Boston children using parks data and census data.

In your write-up for Part One, explain the goal of your mini-analysis, the steps you went through (i.e., the queries you performed), present the map or maps of the results, along with summary table(s) you create. Finally, add a note about why your analysis may have incorrect results.

Part Two - Project Data Maps (5 points)

Create a set of maps illustrating the data you have collected to date for your project. Each map should have a base map with features such as roads, waterways, and administrative boundaries (town, state, country), plus a small inset map showing the location of your study area in the wider context (e.g., state or country).

Keeping the base map as you have it for background, create an additional map for each layer you have acquired or created.

Where applicable, you should include a map showing population density or other pertinent demographic information (from the US Census or other source), and orthophoto map, buildings map, and land use or land cover map.

Your maps should be printed on letter-sized paper. An introductory sheet should include a brief description of your project including the relevant spatial/geographic issues you are exploring.

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