Week 7 Updates: Delaware Data & Midterm!

February 26, 2018

Delaware Data Inventory (due Friday, March 9)
Midterm Evaluation (due Wednesday, March 21)



Week 4: Updates

February 9, 2018

Nextdoor.com Delaware, Ohio Neighborhoods

After a bit of kanoodling about, I managed to get added to one of the Delaware Nextdoor.com neighborhood groups (Southside Delaware, which includes OWU’s campus).

I then did a series of screen captures to get the entire map (above) of Delaware’s neighborhoods, according to Nextdoor.com. Right mouse click on the map to get a bigger version.

I think this is a good starting point for our project. Keep searching for other relevant information (Delaware wards, subdividions, HOAs, etc.).

And keep up with the readings and such on the schedule.

Week 3: Updates

January 30, 2018

After our rousing meeting on Monday a few things can be reiterated:

  1. Please create your class blog and get me the URL by Thursday
  2. Please consult the course schedule and make a single weekly blog posting that includes
    1. reading notes (so I know you read the stuff)
    2. progress on the tutorial (when we get to it)
    3. project ideas, work on proposal, and updates
    4. other pertinent stuff (such as progress on your writing option, if you are doing one for this course)
    5. email me when you post your weekly post (no later than the Sunday at the end of the week)
  3. Lets plan to meet on Mondays at 1-2pm until further notice.
  4. I’m going to look into ArcOnline accounts for us
  5. We seem to be settling into the Neighborhood Mapping project
    1. scale is an issue:
      1. Delaware has wards (four of them, look it up)
      2. Below that scale, there are neighborhoods (“Downtown”)
      3. Below that scale, there are smaller neighborhoods (“Downtown SoWill” – downtown south of William St.)
    2. sometimes neighborhoods correlate with subdivisions (“Wesleyan Woods”): GIS data on subdivisions
    3. subdivisions have HOA boundaries (Home Owner’s Association): GIS data on HOA in Delaware?
    4. demographic data: from US Census: blocks, block groups, Census tracts (see below: two graphics)
      1. demographic data can be used to create neighborhoods, but this is a bit dangerous (why?).
      2. demographic data can be associated with neighborhoods (say, poverty rate), but this might also be a bit dangerous (why?)
      3. if the City wants to be able to match demographic data to neighborhoods, the neighborhood boundaries have to follow census boundaries (block, block group, etc.). This is important to build into the neighborhood boundary making from the start.

  1. Preliminary proposal, due Friday, February 9. This may be one big proposal, or several related smaller proposals. We’ll figure that out.
    1. Details on Project Proposal
  2. Go back and, individually, complete the Defining and Mapping Neighborhoods stuff from the previous update. Put on ye blog!
  3. Teh major issues: preliminary: these may be sub working groups and writing options if need be:
    1. Literature on Neighborhoods
      1. Academic – Planning, Urban Studies, Geography, etc.
      2. Other literature
    2. Literature and info on methods for determining neighborhoods
      1. surveys
      2. historical research (on Delaware)
    3. Using GIS to map and communicate neighborhoods
      1. including ArcOnline to make the data easily available

Please email or talk to me if you have questions along the way. Bothering me is better than you not doing what you are supposed to do!

Week 2 Updates

January 23, 2018

First: Create your course WordPress blog and email me the URL (by this Friday, January 26)

Second: Do the stuff as suggested on the course schedule.

Third: Make a single weekly blog posting that includes

  • reading notes (so I know you read the stuff)
  • progress on the tutorial (when we get to it)
  • project ideas, work on proposal, and updates
  • other pertinent stuff (such as progress on your writing option, if you are doing one for this course)
  • email me when you post your weekly post (no later than the Sunday at the end of the week)

Writing Options: if you want to keep the writing option, please do the following

  • let me know you are doing the writing option (email) before Friday February 2
  • include a paragraph or so describing the writing option paper
  • outline of the paper due by Friday March 2
  • draft of the paper (rough is ok) due before spring break


We are headed towards a preliminary project proposal, due Friday, February 9. This may be one big proposal, or several related smaller proposals. We’ll figure that out.

It seems like we are levitating towards a group effort on defining and mapping Delaware Neighborhoods

  • If you are interested in working on something else, talk to me.

We will work with the GIS Coordinator for Delaware (Rachel Hostetler) and her office (including Janelle Valdinger)

Brad B. is doing an internship at their office this semester, and will work on the project there and as part of our course. Janelle works there, so she will be able to help with coordination between the Coordinator and ourselves.

Defining and Mapping Neighborhoods: each of you…

  1. What is a neighborhood? Dig around (internet, library resources, etc.) and write-up a paragraph. Write another paragraph on neighborhoods (Delaware or otherwise) you are familiar with
  2. Find three examples of neighborhood mapping: like Columbus Neighborhood Map
  3. Sign up on Nexdoor.com (try your Delaware or actual home address): it’s a kind of social media but limited to neighborhoods. How do they determine what a neighborhood is?
  4. Literature search: defining and mapping neighborhoods: find five potentially useful sources that address ways that neighborhoods are defined and mapped.
    • Like this: “Defining Neighborhoods for Research and Policy” by Claudia Coulton (Cityscape, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2012, pp. 231-236)
    • Be creative with your keywords: “neighborhood” GIS or “neighborhood” “define” “mapping” etc. Don’t include sources that are not particularly relevant.
    • When you find a good source on Google Scholar, click on the link that says “Cited by” and this will take you to additional sources that cite the source (and, thus, were published later). This is a good way to find additional sources. Full text links (for some sources) are to the right of the source.
    • If you find a good source, but there is not a full text link, use our Library resources to find the full text (Summon and online databases).
    • Email and talk to Krygier
  5. Five sources from these sites (or others):
    1. Search Google or Bing (in general)
    2. Search Google Scholar
    3. Search Summon (via OWU Library: the All search on this page)
    4. Search our online databases
  6. Create a brief annotated bibliography of your sources and put on your blog: what’s that? Look here.
  7. Begin to sort out major issues in the topic, to help us form sub-groups: for example:
    1. Theoretical literature on how neighborhoods are defined
    2. Methods for determining neighborhood boundaries (including surveys, etc.)
    3. GIS and mapping and neighborhood determination
    4. And so on… these could be the individual writing option papers (which, at the end, we compile together into a handbook on the topic).

A few additional issues:

  • We may have Brad work on a prototype project that shows us how we can go from the data to ArcGIS to ArcOnline. Look up what ArcOnline is about.
  • We may be able to work on a second set of more natural “neighborhoods” – Anthropogenic Biomes (article) and a previous course project “A Proposal for Delaware County Anthromes.” Review the Proposal document and jot down a few notes in your weekly posting.



Geog 355, Spring 2018: Week 2: Getting Started

January 22, 2018

  1. Review syllabus, schedule, readings, blogs
  2. Updated Projects page with examples of proposals, reports, maps, etc. for selected projects
  3. Discuss Project Ideas

Updated for Spring 2018 Version of Geography 355

November 2, 2017

Monday March 24: Projects

March 24, 2014


Time to get going on the projects, none of which, thank God, involve poorly conceived haircuts from the early 1970s.

1. Project Blogs

Make sure that your group are all able to get access to the project blogs I set up earlier in the semester. Make sure you put any relevant information for your project, including the preliminary project proposal, on the project blog.




2. Updates for each group:

Delaware Run:

I gave Ali Smith a copy of the document Peter Schantz sent me with his concerns from the perspective of Buildings & Grounds. We need to take those concerns and expand them and supplement them and develop an ArcGIS MXD file with appropriate data (using existing Delaware data, and data you collect).

Del Run MXD Project File: Ali Smith has been working on a MXD file that has relevant Delaware data layers. Part of this requires figuring out more information about each layer (such as what the soil types are and what they mean), the flood plane information, etc. You then need to plan for additional data collection: trees, (potentially) soil samples, infrastructure, etc. At this point: figure out a list of data you think would be relevant to the project and start to plan how to collect that data and get it into the MXD file

Thermal/Urban Heat Island:

I am having the QGIS software installed on the Geography Research room computer (224). That might take until the end of the week. In the meantime:

1) Carefully review the information on the tutorial I gave you last week, and see if you think you will be able to do the QGIS Tutorial once the QGIS software is available: Review the online info for QGIS.

2) Review info on Landsat Data.

3) I have had EarthExplorer recommended as the site to access and download the thermal IR data. This will be band 6 of the Landsat data (see the review PDF in part 2 above).

Chimney Swift / Bird Habitat:

1) Make sure that we have copies of the plans for the swift towers in a format that the contractor can review (also B&G). I believe Alex had this in Sketch-up but we need to print. I can get files printed in color at Duplicating.

2) Plan for revisions of the bird habitat map. The previous version, b&w copies of which I can give you today, is not so great. I suggest we start with a fresh MXD file of campus and surrounding areas (walkable from campus) and start to map out the different habitats as areas. There is a start to a classification of bird habitats on the old map: we can start with that. Look up additional info on defining urban bird habitat. Start to compile data into a MXD file. Plan for a map that fits on tabloid sized paper and can be used in the field. We will also map out existing bird houses, feeders, etc.

Dick Tuttle will be in class Wed and we need to review the plans with him (have printouts) and also get input from him on the habitats map.

Tech / Drone:

I suggest that Christian & Chris work with learning to operate the Drone and take images. We need to figure out the optimal resolution and other details for taking imagery.

Patrick can work on stitching together the imagery and adding coordinates (so we can display the images in ArcGIS): I will have Windows Photoshop installed soon. For now, the Mac in the back room off the GIS lab has an older version of Photoshop. There are also sites online for stitching together air images. Check out MapKnitter first, then CleVR or AutoStitch.