data • To create geospatial products • In social sciences and the humanities • Use recent geospatial projects dealing with public policy • Texas policy • Texas data • Build a credible data set from open source data • Obtained from a validated public entity • GIS process provides a solution
Analysis • Conference - Gerrymandering GIS Project (NACIS 2017) by UT-Austin • Accreditation - open source requirements for undergraduate curriculum • Practical • Research: Addresses needs for humanities and social science crowd • Visualization: Data on a map is more optimal than data in a table • $$$$: Free Software / Free Internet / Free Storage / Free Data Workshop Conference Accreditation Research Visualization $$$$
“Yellow, obviously, I thought, and voted…Of nearly 30,000 participants, 52 percent said a tennis ball is green, 42 percent said it’s yellow, and 6 percent went with “other.” • “…how we label a tennis ball is determined both by perceptual and cognitive factors: the actual physical light entering your eye and ... knowledge about what people have typically labeled the objects.” • What does this mean for a GIS practitioner, a Digital Cartographer, or a Data Scientist?
• University of Texas Men’s Tennis Team – “2019 National Championship Season” • Proliferation of tennis court construction in the late 1970s • Top 100 professional players each year by country • Types of Social Science Projects • Tennis industry revenue by state • Most popular tennis shoes by geolocated Instagram posts • Tennis facility locations and socioeconomics Data Mining Data Formatting GIS Product
• …proposed well site is located within 1500 feet of the property line of a child care facility, private school, or primary or secondary public school. • Executive Agency: Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) • Data Sources: • Railroad Commission of Texas • Texas Education Agency (TEA) • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services The Spatial Component
the Current Schools file • Download the file (zip) • Spreadsheet • KML • Shapefile • Geodatabase • Unzip and Import into QGIS • Layer - Add Layer – Add Vector Layer • Click the box next to the layer to make it visible • Double click the layer to open the Layer Properties and Symbology • Select a symbol and color scheme • Determine opacity (0% to 100%) and size • Open the attributes • Right click on the Layer • Open attribute table
visually • Familiarity with GIS software and functionality (QGIS videos / blogs) • Data mining, data downloading, data conversion, data formatting • Create a credible data set • Document the process (repeat the process as a quality check) Keys to GIS Project Success “Open source data and open source software”
• https://www.qgis.org/en/site/about/case_studies/uruguay_mides.html • https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/introducing-qgis/38833 • https://www.gislounge.com/how-to-geocode-addresses-using-qgis/ • https://infoguides.rit.edu/dhss/tools/mapping Academic Workshops • https://gis.harvard.edu/gis-humanities-and-social-sciences • http://events.cornell.edu/event/intro_to_qgis_for_humanities_and_social_sciences • https://www.vassar.edu/news/events/2019-2020/191015-start-mapping-with-qgis- workshop.html Texas State Agencies Railroad Commission of Texas Public GIS Viewer • https://gis.rrc.texas.gov/GISViewer/ Texas Education Agency Public Open Data Site • http://schoolsdata2-tea-texas.opendata.arcgis.com/ Texas Department of Family and Protective Services • http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_care/search_texas_child_care/ppfacilitysearchd aycare.asp Texas Legislature Online • https://capitol.texas.gov/