Examples of maps created from users of our book’s Hands-on Activities
We created 10 exercises that help data users build skills with making decisions with public domain data. I assigned several of those hands-on exercises recently to university students in a GIS course on public domain data, and I was amazed at the high quality of their analysis and of the cartography on their final maps. A selection of these maps, involving the creation of a database and map for an ecotourism company in New Zealand, are shown below. This is Exercise 7 in our set.
Particularly impressive about the results from this assignment is that this activity is open ended. In previous exercises, analysts are directed to specific websites to obtain data, but by this exercise, they are ready to tackle a problem without much guidance. Here, they determine the type of ecotourism they will focus on, the data they will need, the organizations from which they will obtain the data, how they will format, project, and analyze the data, the scale, cartography, and types of maps they will make, and the methods they will use to communicate their results. Try one of these exercises today and share your results!