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Teaching GIS to Non-Geographers

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Demonstrates with case studies that the value of Geographic Information Systems is not limited to Geographers. Presented by Tom Armitage at GIS Update in Edinburgh on 17 June 2016.

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Teaching GIS to Non-Geographers

  1. 1. Teaching GIS to Non- Geographers Tom Armitage EDINA, Geoservices Support @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  2. 2. Who am I • Historians • Genealogists • Architects • Civil Engineers • Human Resources @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  3. 3. Geoservices Support • Social scientists • Archaeologists • Biologists • Epidemiologists • Anthropologists • Agriculturalists • Horticulturalists • Arboriculturalists • Psychologists • Criminologists • Physicists • Classicists@EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  4. 4. Digimap Users by Subject 8% 24% 7% 4% 7% 25% 7% 3% 5% 3% Agriculture, food, and forestry Architecture and planning Biological sciences Business and management studies Communication and media studies Creative and performing arts Education and research methods Engineering Geography and environment Humanities Law Mathematics and computer science Medicine including dentistry Modern languages and area studies Nursing, midwifery and allied health Physical sciences Psychology Social sciences Veterinary medicine Other Source: Digimap OS Collection User Satisfaction Survey 2013: http://edina.ac.uk/impact/html/osdigimap2013.html @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  5. 5. What are they doing? • Location Maps • Thematic Maps • Site Plans • Web Maps @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  6. 6. Teaching GIS Getting the software Adding Data to it Make data into a Map Basic Data Processing Printing a map out @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  7. 7. Best Practice •Cartography •Copyright •Normalisation @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  8. 8. Best Practice: Cartography •Categories •Colour Vision Deficiency •Photocopying @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  9. 9. Best Practice: Copyright ©Crown Copyright @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  10. 10. Best Practice: Normalisation @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  11. 11. Precautions •Currency •Projection •Conversion •Generalisation and scale @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  12. 12. Precautions: Currency @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  13. 13. Precautions: Projection @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  14. 14. Precautions: Conversion •OSTN02 •Petroleum @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  15. 15. Precautions: Generalisation & Scale Check your: •Scale •Source for compatibility @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  16. 16. Specialist Training: Business Studies • Demographic Data • Travel Times • Basemaps • Simple Tools @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  17. 17. Specialist Training: Geology @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  18. 18. • Unlock • http://edina.ac.uk/unlock/texts/ • CLAVIN • https://clavin.bericotechnologies.com/ • Edinburgh LTG • https://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/software/geoparser/ Specialist Training: GeoParsing @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  19. 19. Specialist Training: Informatics @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  20. 20. Specialist Training: English Literature @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  21. 21. Specialist Training: Social Science @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  22. 22. • Non-Geographers do some interesting stuff • We try not to overload them • Are we teaching them enough? • Should we just make the maps for them? Conclusions @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom
  23. 23. Conclusions Useful Tool to help themselves? …Or… Powerful Tool in the wrong hands? @EDINA_Digimap @MapNav_Tom

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