Today I attended the ArcGIS outreach presentation:
Spatial Symposium: An Intro to Mapping
… and I learned SO MUCH!
First, I learned that pretty much any person with a computer, an internet connection and some data can make a map specialized to what s/he is working with.
For example, let’s pretend for a moment that someone is writing a dissertation, say for example, me. And let’s say I want to map out an object, say a high-end wrist watch (like the one below), and I want to be able to show when certain styles and techniques of watchmaking happened. I can do that using one or more of the map-making software featured in today’s presentation.
Another thing I might do for my personal enjoyment is map out places that have various foods. Let’s say I am searching for the perfect noodle in Atlanta, I might input restaurants with noodles as a main dish, and then input attributes and create a ranking system.
Essentially, if you can imagine mapping it – you can probably use some of these resources to create it.
And this makes me very excited about mapping possibilities.