Notes, Resources, Data, and Activities


GIS Commons: A Free, Opensource, Introductory Textbook on Geographic Information Systems: GIS Commons

Class Notes and Resources:
1) Penn State Cartography and Visualization Map Concept Gallery

2) Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) Geospatial Courses
3) ESRI ArcGIS Resource Center - What is the Spatial Analyst Extension?

PowerPoint and PDF Background Resources:
1) Raster Help Files*

2) Introduction to Raster GIS
3) Interpolation

*These are from the ArcGIS Helpdesk; they are zipped (~20+MB).

File and Data Management:
Example of a File/Folder Structure in GIS* (to organize project data);
Standard Directory Structure for Projects* (MS Word)
GIS File Management and Naming Convention Guidelines

*These guidelines are from Dave Pastizzo, former GIS Coordinator for Calaveras County, now at Vestra Consulting.
**These guidlines are from Jonathan Rodriguez, GIS Specialist for Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue (SAR)

Exam Format Examples:
Exam Examples

Project Proposals:
Proposal Example 1

Proposal Example 2
Workflow Template

GIS/Geospatial Video:
Geospatial Revolution Project

Remote Sensing Data and Resources:



Raster GIS Class Activities*:

1) Exercise 1: Creating Slope Aspect Hillshade and Shaded Relief Maps

2) Exercise 2: Georeferencing Images

3) Exercise 3: Mapping Distance Direction and Allocation Surfaces

4) Exercise 4: Estimate Density with Crime Mapping

5) Exercise 5: Exploring Different Interpolation Methods

6) Exercise 6: Model Snow Depth with IDW

7) Exercise 7: Model Subsurface Limestone Formation Near Earthquake Faults

8) Exercise 8: Viewshed/Visibility Analysis and Citing Cell Phone Towers

9) Exercise 9: Working with Satellite Imagery

10) Exercise 10: Least Cost Path

*Some of these activities have been modified from those originally developed by Jim Schmidt, who used to teach our GIS in Resource Management/Remote Sensing class.