Week 2 Updates

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.



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