1) There are many things that can be done with GIS, one thing in particular is mapping.

Through GIS, we can produce many types of maps such as, maps of quantities, maps of densities; we can map change, and many others. Through the mapping of quantities we can find areas of concentration, such as where the most children are located, or where the least amount of strip malls are located. It is basically used to find where things are most and least likely to be located. Through the mapping of density, we can see the concentrations of certain things. One example given on the GIS website was mapping we are mapping areas such as census tracts. It will make it easier to see the number of people in a certain area. Another map that can be created through GIS is a map of change. A map of change can be specifically useful if we are trying to figure out change in weather patterns or if we are mapping crime trends among other things. Through GIS we can also create maps within a specific area, such as school zones. Through GIS we can create many maps that are useful in all areas of daily lives. 2) There are many types of GIS models, but two very popular ones are the Raster and Vector data models. The Raster model is created using layers of cells most commonly in the form of a square. Each layer of cells in the data model represents one attribute. The Raster model usually fills up the entire grid and the operations are easy to perform. The Vector data model is quite different from the Raster data model. The Vector model represents each feature as a row in the table. Instead of cells, the Vector model uses a series of lines, points, and polygons when creating the model. The polygons usually represent a parcel of land, a body of water, or counties, among other things. When analyzing Vector models, there usually is a lot of summarizing involved. 3) Metadata is additional information that is required to make data useful. It is basically information you need to know in order to use your existing data. Metadata can provide us with information in an area of interest as well as many other important facts. Metadata is important because it is a tool that extremely helps with the understanding of spatial data. 4) There are five steps in the process of performing GIS analysis and all are important. The first step is to Frame the question. We basically want to find out what we are trying to answer, what information we need, and how to go about the analysis. The second step is Select your data. The data we collect determine the methods we use. In order to answer what we set out to answer we need dependable data that is accessible and is in our budget. The third step is Choose an analysis method. We have to decide which analysis method to use based on our original question. It might be a simple method, or it may be complex, but it has to help us answer our original question. The fourth step is Process the data. We need to process the data in a way that makes sense four our goal. Some ways of processing the data are using coordinates to point out a certain area or classification schemes. There are many ways to process the data. The fifth and final step is Look at the results. We have to display our results in a way we can understand and then take action based on our results. The five steps are comprehensive, but they are all necessary. 5) The first website I visited is the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection website. This website displays the GIS mapping for many

environmental locations such as drainage basins, costal resources, and political boundaries. This website displays some very interesting and necessary information. The second website I visited is the University of Connecticut Map and Geographic Information Center. This website contains geospatial data of towns, counties, states, and New England in general. It also contains online maps, aerial photos, land cover data, and many other things. This appears to be a good resource website. The third website I visited is the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This websites lists many databases that may be helpful for future research with mapping in GIS. The fourth and final website I visited is the USGS website. This website shows many different forms of maps and the different layers used. It is almost shows the different layers in a Raster model. 6) Kk 7) The first website of interest to me is www.gisplanning.com. This website is a web-based GIS which specifically focus’s on economic development. This website basically discusses the real world uses of GIS and why it is so helpful in many areas. The second website of interest to me is www.earth.google.com. This website gives you satellite images as well as views of the terrain, images, maps and many other things. This website is very interesting.

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Training In Progress Title Geoprocessing with ArcGIS Desktop 1. Getting Started with Geoprocessing 2. Data Preparation 3. Data Analysis 4. Getting More Out of Geoprocessing 5. Documenting Your Work Learning ArcGIS Desktop 1. Getting Started with ArcGIS Desktop 2. Creating Map Symbology 3. Referencing Data to Real Locations 4. Organizing Geographic Data 5. Creating and Editing Data 6. Getting Started with GIS Analysis 7. Working with Geoprocessing and Modeling Tools 8. Designing Maps with ArcGIS Learning ArcGIS Spatial Analyst 1. Getting Started with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst 2. Analyzing Surfaces 3. Working with Map Algebra 4. Interpolating Raster Surfaces with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst 5. Mapping Distance and Density 6. Using Cell, Neighborhood, and Zonal Statistics Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete 90% Sep 06 2008 Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Not complete Exam Score Date

Working with Rasters in ArcGIS Desktop 1. Raster Basics 2. Displaying Rasters in ArcMap 3. Managing Raster Data Not complete Not complete Not complete