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.
After our rousing meeting on Monday a few things can be reiterated:
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!
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
Writing Options: if you want to keep the writing option, please do the following
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
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…
A few additional issues:
Time to get going on the projects, none of which, thank God, involve poorly conceived haircuts from the early 1970s.
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.
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.