January 20, 2007
Some thoughts after meeting with Jennifer, project coordinator
So we've identified two products we'd like to produce for the Workshop at this point - 1)A data finder help sheet and 2)A website to browse the (created) map images and hopefully, the data elements included in those map files.
Some of the things the website needs to do are:
show images of maps (samples) - to act as identification points, link to the report pages
deal with the interrelationships between variables
image (representing the mxd file)
I'm thinking that the two most important elements (the first to tackle) will be getting the image and the attributes together. The title of the map should also be there somewhere (since people tend to attach title to image if there is one?)
Adding pointers to layers are an added bonus
January 19, 2007
I just put the finishing touches up on our first set of the Charette Cache Loaders.
The first is the "Perim Path" path which sweeps over the extened neighborhoods of interest for the Charette (as indicated by the provided maps).
The second is the "Core Area Cache" path which sweeps over the core of downtown Detroit to grab better images.
Both require the user to set touring options to certain settings such as "camera range" (the distance between the camera and the ground). In the case of Perim Path the camera range must be between 1.5 Km and 2 Km. Whereas the Core Area Cache camera range works best around 300m. The difference in the camera range makes the detail of the images grainier, but sufficient for a general idea of this extended area.
They are by no means perfect although they do the job perfectly well. Any suggestions for improvement are welcomed.
January 16, 2007
Meeting Notes for 1.15.07
At Monday's meeting, we established a project timeline that leads us through the charette (now a week and a half away -- ahh!) and to our final deliverable, a visual browser/navigator.
This week, we plan to think/work through three subtasks:
1. describing and organizing existing charette data
2. interviewing represenatives from the charette
3. fashioning some form of data orientation for charette participants
For the first task, we will go through each of the existing charette files and note the following on an excel spreadsheet that currently exists in the charette folder:
- a brief description of what this file contains
- the scope of the file (is this a note or a report? is this a segment of a building or a map of the state?)
- if a shape file, it should be opened in ARC and its attributes should be noted
- [my notes fail me here] note in/completeness of dbf headers
- if the file is named poorly (e.g. duuuuuuude.pdf or FINISHED.jpg) suggest a more descriptive name
For the second task, we discussed interviewing Jennifer, the IT guy (Bill?), studio advisors and previous student participants. We wanted to remember to ask the IT guy (let's call him Bill) about what equiptment will be brought to the charette, whether participants will have a wireless connection, and what kind of software participants will have access to. We also had a question about CAD files (their existence?). We want to get our hands on the books from previous charettes, as well.
For the third task, the data orientation, we want to make sure that we have a google earth flyover ready for participants. We also need to think about how to present the resources that represent points 3.1-3.5 on our lists -- even if we just provide a list of links, we should think about how to explain each tool's features and weaknesses at a glance (perhaps a table?).
We also discussed dates for putting together our visual browser, which I will post on our shared google calendar.
See you Thursday!
January 15, 2007
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