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Fixed recipes no longer apply. Software versions and data formats change rapidly. Route memorization of one particular pipeline will not work over the long haul. If users don’t have a sense of how to navigate and find information on their own, then they will be left high and dry. Therefore, users must have a sense of how to develop their own pipeline.

One of the most effective approaches to successful implementation of GIS at an advanced level is to begin with a clearly defined problem that can be expressed in spatial terms. The analyst may need to develop some new approaches to answering the problem. A goal oriented approach helps maintain focus along the path the project takes during development.

Become familiar with reading online manuals and message boards. There is no way to survive this course without reading the ArcDesktop manual online.

Assignment 1

In this course, all projects are reported and all laboratory exercises are detailed on this wiki. Thus, it is important that students quickly gain familiarity with using the system. Being this process by logging onto the system and creating a project page.

  1. Log on to this course wiki.
  2. Under the Projects 2012 section of this course wiki, click on Add Child Page to create a blank project page.
  3. Provide a tentative title for the project and supply some introductory text to get started. As the project develops, additional text will be filled into the project page.

Assignment 2

Social organization is one of the fundamental topics for anthropology. This course considers social organization very carefully. Wikipedia is an interesting case study in knowledge accumulation and organization. In some, but not all, contexts heterarchy beats hierarchy. Crowd sourcing is a testament to the utility of heterarchies in action. Google Earth is one example for crowd sourcing spatial data collection.

In this course, we will all collaboratively engage in constructing content. One of the primary ways that this will occur is through collaborative bookmarking. Diigo is a free web service that seems like an effective tool for crowd sourcing, or perhaps better stated "course souring", the collection of useful websites on geospatial sciences.

  1. Visit the AnthSpace Diigo group.
  2. Create a Diigo account
  3. Join the AnthSpace group
  4. As you search the web for your project, add useful links. When adding links, be sure to include tags and descriptive text so that others can use the information quickly and efficiently. When tagging a new entry, be sure to note if the link is either software, data, or tutorial in content. It may be all three.
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