This fantastic website based on GIS and Web Mapping has been set up by Kuwait. So to encourage people on saving energy as well as making their life easier with day to day utilities and environmental issues. While offering whole sets of materials for knowledge and map building. To access the website click on http://beatona.net/CMS/
This is an introduction to the Multi-Criteria Based Approach in GIS. This SkyToEarth Map, shows a noise disturbance risk assessment using ArcGIS in Northern England. The evaluation pdf that goes along with the map will give some tools for the Multi-Criteria Analysis and opens the way for constructive criticism on this technique.
Following up yesterday post on some of the things you need to know before writing up a GIS proposal, here is a GIS proposal example that you can use freely in your projects.
You can download the template below (pdf, 5 pages):
Many of you have been asking me to help them with their GIS projects. One of the main problem people come across is about the structure of the proposal. I am proposing here a methodology that will help some of you, especially the ones who are new to GIS to become familiar with writing up a GIS proposal project.
1. Project title
Always specify the title of the project. The title must sum up your GIS project.
Write an abstract where you will trace back all the works that have been done related to your topic. Don’t forget to specify the aim and the methodology used for each research. Make sure you explain clearly what the problem you are trying to solve is. Say to the world why your project is unique, what solving the issue you brought up is relevant, and how you will proceed. Also speak about the time frame and about your data, where you gonna get them and how you will process them.
3. Aim of the project and objectives
Explain the aim of your research, be accurate!
Write the questions you research will answer, these are the objectives
4. Type of Fellowship
What is the type of fellowship? (eg. biogeography, geophysics, geography etc..)
Where the research will be carried out?
For example if you want to carry out tree species in Jamaica, the field work will be Jamaica, put a map or a picture.
6. Research proposal
In the core text of your research proposal, describe the geography of the place where you will carry out your study. Speak about the geographical specificities of the country or the location of your field work. Try to show why the location you choose is significant. Be general at first and try to be more and more precise as you are writing. The reader needs to be guided, and you must take him slowly where what you want. This is the Funnel Principle!
In this core text you will give a full history of the works that have been carried out which are related to your topics, you will specify the aim and methodology of each research team. You will then say what the gap you are trying to fill is, and how you will do it. What methodology, what data, what technology you will be using, ArcGIS, ArcPAd, QGIS, IDRISI etc. Also mention the period you research will be covering.
Finally don’t forget to say why and how your research will make the world better! What it will improve, why it is necessary etc.
Declare the academic references you used in your proposal. This is intellectual honesty!
8. Wider Context
In the wider context, you can for example place the problem you are trying to solve at a macro level. If for example you managed to solve the issue of an infection on vegetation, you can for example speak about the wider impact it can have on the flora, then on animals or humans etc.
9. Outline of plans for disseminating results
Choose the Journal where your results will be published. Try to choose a Journal that has a good rate of impact. Say when it will be available for publication and at which conference they will be presented. Say also who organises the conference. Draw a table of the timeline of your project
10. Risk Assessment
Are they any inconvenient. You can also draw a table
Specify the amount of money that you will need.
Will you be using open source or commercial data. What it is the cost?
Will you be flying abroad? Booking a hotel? Buying food?
Do you need travel insurance?
Will you need to hire a car during your stay?
How much will the petrol cost for the car?
Will you need to buy tools like GPS with GIS and Mapping applications?
Is the country sunny; maybe you will need sunglasses and suntan lotion?
Tomorrow I will send you a GIS proposal sample to serve as an example to help you.
I’ve found this cool video on Youtube, published my Microsoft Researchers.
I’m sure you all know that Microsoft has an Online Mapping Service called Bing Maps, with an equivalent to Google Street View named Street Side.
The video reveals Street Slide (part of Street Side), which allows you to view a panoramic perspective of a whole long street and slide back and forth. It’s an amazing product that could challenge Google Street View one day. Although I contacted one of the researchers at Microsoft who told me that it is available just for a few streets in the USA at the moment.
Even though Google Street View’s coverage is wider and much more advanced than the one of Bing Maps, we like seeing Google being challenged, because we know that they will respond strongly by offering us more and more incredible products.
Look at the video and choose who is your champion