The Insider�s Guide to Meadville
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The Insider’s Guide to Meadville By Meagan Zeune and Anna Sommers ES 410: Spatial Analysis Final Project Research Question Where are the Insider’s Guide attractions located? How can we best represent this information? Insider’s Guide • Environmental Science Junior Seminar project promoting the Meadville community and local economy • Through highlighting local businesses, entertainment, and establishments • This is an on-going project that will include a website, and brochures to promote and support local attractions Techniques • Locating addresses for the Insider’s Guide • Geocoding: combines map information with street addresses in order to locate a point uniquely (Class Handout: Geocoding) Geocoding • This is done by entering addresses into table. Then the information is processed by the GIS program. Then the GIS maps the addresses appropriately. • Based on the address ranges in each road segment, the GIS interpolates where the point should be located on the map. Geocoding • Building an Address Locator • This locates the zone in which your points are located, and imports specific street names and address ranges for that zone. Geocoding • Matching Addresses Interactively • This is where you can modify the specifics of the addresses in order to fix unmatched addresses. Geocoding • Aerial Photograph • Adding aerial photographs over your street map allows you to actually see buildings and streets, and better allows you to manually place unmatched points. Geocoding • When nothing else works • Drive out to a location in order to place the address correctly on the map. Map Making • How to best represent this information? • Maps are clearly are the best tool for representing spatial information. Thematic maps “show information about any one of myriad special topics superimposed on a base map.” (Campbell, 9) Making Maps • Specific maps were needed for lodging and dining. These were made for easy insertion into a brochure or webpage. Map Making • All Inclusive Map • This map was designed to show all attractions within Meadville. This would be a good map for people unfamiliar with the area to use. • This map works well as a foundation map for layer additions. New or needed maps can be easily made from this map. Problems • Address Matching • Categorizing specific businesses The Future • This map can be used in the future for specific needs (ex. events mapping), or directions. Making updates in the attribute tables for each of the layers will be easy should new attractions open, or close. • Hopefully this project can be used by future Allegheny students to become more involved in their surrounding community.