This is an exercise that I went through for a GIS Design class. It represents a hypothetical GIS program's costs and benefits. A product such as this can be used for financial planners for an organization with an implemented Geographic Information System.
Here is a class exercise that required students to think through the process of identifying GIS related spatial information products. It promoted students to think about data needs specific to a project and/or agency, and whether or not an implemented GIS program can support the requested products.
This is an example of a scheme that conceptualizes the prioritization of an information product for a particular agency. In this case, the priorities are based on the mission of the respective agency.
This project required the use of digital elevation models from the US Geological Survey (National Map), and geo-processing via ESRI ArcGIS software. I classified the elevation values based on T. Hart Merriam's Life-Zone concept (see legend for more detail). I acquired a shapefile from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest GIS program that contained point locations of all fires between the years 1970-2011. I extracted only the lightning caused fires and was able to aggregate the number of fires per life zone. This was done for a Cartography / Introductory GIS course.
I worked for three consecutive years with this fire management team, but only during the summer months (e.g., May through August) because of my responsibilities as a student at New Mexico State University.
Duties included being a crew-member/firefighter on Engine 3606, daily engine checks, tool care, physical fitness, positive attitude (professionalism), and maintaining fire apparatus readiness at all times.
Duties include unsupervised use/application of ArcGIS software for ongoing applied geography projects that are individually funded through grants. I am responsible for strict/organized file management (e.g., administrative, GIS related files, etc.), detailed record keeping of data processing tasks, project reports, networking with other GIS professionals, professional written and oral communication, data collection via web and/or phone/written request, and metadata creation for files without, and files that are created. Mapping projects also require knowledge of map projections, datums, and coordinate systems for proper spatial data management and use; knowledge of printer settings and specific guidelines for final map production.
Duties included treating Salt Cedar invasive species on both the San Andres NWR, and White Sands National Monument via chemical application. I assisted briefly with the collection of GIS data of the treated areas, but that responsibility wasn’t mine fully during this appointment.
Duties included treating/ridding of invasive thistle species within the refuge boundaries via mechanical methods and chemical application. Simultaneous duties included collecting GIS data of treated areas on a Trimble GPS unit via ESRI’s ArcPad software in order to track and analyze the effectiveness of the treatment.
Duties include responding as a team to 911 EMS related calls and fire calls. SVFD is a full volunteer fire department and normally runs about 1200 calls per year, or approx. 100 calls per month. Other duties include normal station duties, firefighter safety, training/continuing education, public relations, fire apparatus maintenance, and maintaining professionalism when working with the public in emergency situations.