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1 1 Community Mapping Project: GPS Use in Rural Communities Wrap-up Presentation Community Mapping Project by Heather Stewart (Project coordinator) Funded by Rural Secretariat

2 2 Project Objectives To facilitate community mapping by:  providing tools (GPS) and training (GPS and basic GIS) to community groups and in doing so,  assisting the rural communities in understanding how to map the locations of important community features

3 3 Deliverables Training  completed in the communities  elementary concepts of GPS use and GIS Technology transfer  skill sets for community mapping via hand held GPS technology Assistance creating a rural “feature” database  mentoring on map creation using readily available on-line mapping software and data  such as Arc Explorer,  Garmin download (DNRGARMIN),  GeoNova 1:10,000 data and  Google Earth

4 4 The Groups St Mary’s Bay Academy Weymouth Admiral Digby Museum Freeport Consolidated School Gulf of Maine Institute Workshop CARP volunteers – Invasive plants Irving Center volunteers – Blomidon Field Naturalists Adult Learning Program – NSCC Experiential Tourism Workshop

5 5 The Program – 1 day 9-10am – Powerpoint on basics of gps 10-10:15 – Break 10:20 – 12:00 – Hands on (Menus and pages) Afternoon 1:00-2:00- Outdoors collecting points and tracks 2:00 – 3:00 – Download points 3:00 – 4:00 - Google mapping

6 6 Download interfaces MN - DNR GARMIN (freeware) – v 5.2

7 7 Export Function The interface also Exports .kml files for Google earth  text files

8 8 Export to shapefile Both interfaces can export to three formats for mapping. Garmin software does not export for mapping, instead it uses proprietary maps (MapSource) Free NS data (1:10,000) online GeoNova allows points to be mapped using ArcExplorer for Java Edition

9 9 Creating a map – using Education versions Once the data is in the mapping software a layout can be created and a jpeg can be saved to be shared

10 10 The Report and Recommendations Community members have an increased awareness of GPS, GIS mapping, and data collection. Instead of passively waiting for municipalities to collect data (that may not be pertinent to the community group’s interests), communities now have the ability to do some of this work on their own. This also increases awareness of their particular areas, as actively collecting data forces collectors to view the community’s natural assets differently. This was a good beginning to the Community Mapping project, which has the potential to have far-reaching affects in the Annapolis Valley in terms of data collection, mapping and community relations. It was a worthwhile and educational experience. Much has been learned from this project, by both the community members and instructors.

11 11 After the Hype Web mapping has placed mapping in the hands of anyone with a browser In a perfect world… image resolution would mean that where the points land is actually visible as a playground…school …in reality……

12 12 Weymouth School Grounds Google resolution problems Two adjacent images with very different resolutions

13 13 Acknowledgements Ed Symonds – COGS planning instructor and collaborator Geomatics programming class and Roger Mosher Arthur Abbott - programmer Sheryl Stanton – Admiral Digby Museum, and volunteers Roger Outhouse – Discovery Center, teachers and students at Freeport School Earl Manzer – Weymouth Waterfront Development, students and teachers at St Marys Bay Academy


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