In previous posts, we’ve covered many individual features of your GIS application but haven’t shown you many practical examples of how to use them all in conjunction. Today we’ll show you how Labeling, Filtering, Symbolizing, Projects, and Sharing can all be used in conjunction to make your life a little easier.
First, lets imagine a scenario. You want to know how your ash trees are holding up now that emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found near your community. Fortunately, you’ve done a tree inventory and have all that new tree data in your GIS.
To target exclusively ash trees, you use the Filter tool to display only trees with genus fraxinus, removing from view all your non-ash trees.
Now that you’ve put all this work into creating a specific view of your data, you save it as a project so it can be accessed over the next few years as you track and treat EAB. Additionally, you want your board to see what a great job you’re doing maintaining your community’s urban forest, so you share the project with them and discuss which areas are worth treating, and which areas it may be too late to save.
Since you have created this themed map, it’s important to know that it’s dynamic! When your trees get re-inventoried and updated in your GIS database, each person you’ve shared this map with will have immediate access to the new information. Even the styles and labels will update automatically! This is a great way to keep your staff and stakeholders on the same page with the same data.
Let us know if you have a “Pulling it all Together” example you’d like to have featured in an upcoming #TipTuesday. Stay tuned!