The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn and practice some of the basic queries you can perform with GIS.
In this assignment, you need to perform an analysis in which you use all of the following, in any order or in combination - there are tip sheets for each of these functions on our GIS Resources - Tip Sheets wiki (see the sections: Working with Tables and Basic Query Functions):
For example, you could use these tools to analyze parcels in Boston which meet certain conditions for redevelopment based on their attributes and their location relative to other features or demographics, and to prioritize these according to some criteria. Or using MassGIS data you might look for potential land acquisition areas that would serve both environmental ends and provide open space for currently underserved communities. Or you may want to look at what sections of a community may be most vulnerable to a natural or man-made disaster based on census demographics, living/working in hazardous areas, and distance from emergency response facilities and evacuation routes.
It would be ideal to do this assignment as a mini-test of a project idea or at least using data you are likely to use in your project. If more applicable, use data we have in-house or that you can download online. But keep it very simple for this assignment! If you have trouble thinking of something, talk to the instructor or TA - we are brimming with ideas.
In addition to the tip sheets on the required functions, there are some trouble-shooting tip sheets on our Tip Sheets section that you will find helpful:
Turn in a brief report that includes the following: