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Take Home Exercise #3

    Please submit your answers via this web form before the class meeting on FEBRUARY 19TH, 2014

Navigate to the following website:

What is GIS?

Note the section on the webpage titled "Getting Started", "What is GIS?", "Who Uses GIS?", and "Careers in GIS".
Read the brief content in the following headings within this section:
            Top Five Benefits of GIS
            What can I do with GIS?
            The Geographic Approach
            What is GIS?
            Who Uses GIS?
            Careers in GIS 

After reviewing these sections, answer the questions listed below by directly entering your responses into this webpage.  When complete, click on the "SUBMIT" button at the end of the form.  Your answers will be emailed directly to your instructor.

NOTE:  Do not start the form until you are ready to answer all questions completely.  You cannot save data entered into these fields.  No changes can be made to your responses once the "SUBMIT" button has been clicked.  You may prefer to answer the questions in a Word document on your computer first and then copy/paste your responses into the webpage when you are ready to submit.  Save a copy of your answers in the
event that there is a failure of the online transmission of your work.

first name:                         last name:

SECTION: "What is GIS?", "What can I do with GIS?", and "The Geographic Approach".

After reading these sections, answer the following questions....

    1.  Provide 4 examples of what you can do with GIS from the readings?

    2.  Explain the 5 steps of the framework for GIS analysis? (don't just list them)

    3.  Fill in the Blanks:
            "The Geographic Approach is a new way of thinking and  that
              integrates  into how we understand
              and  our planet."

SECTION: "Top Five Benefits of GIS"

    4.  The benefits of GIS generally fall into five basic categories.  What are they?

    5.  Fill in the Blanks (from "Managing Geographically"):

            GIS is becoming essential to understanding  - and
              - in geographic space.  Once we understand, then
            we can ."

    6.  Give examples of how GIS can provide cost savings and increased efficiency.

SECTION: "Who Uses GIS?"

    7.  Under the "Business" section, explain how GIS is used by at least two of the examples from the list provided (i.e., from Banking, Insurance, Logistics, etc).

SECTION: "Who Uses GIS?" - under "government", then "National Government", then the "Mapping for Congress" tab.

   8.  Provide a few examples of how senators and representatives are using GIS.
Also, what goals are they trying to achieve through GIS use?


SECTION: "Careers in GIS"

note:    This section is voice-narrated.  turn on/up your computer sound volume.  If you have trouble opening the animation, try right clicking on the link and select "open in new tab".

Click on the link to "Videos".  Then choose "GIS Analyst - Forester"

        9.  Explain how the use of GIS by the forest service has proved to be so much more powerful than what was done in the past with paper, pen, and markers.


        10.  What is done with the data once it is gathered by the "hand-held GPS enabled data collector" to help better plan a management strategy?


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