Video Tutorial 5.2
Author: Nicolas R. Malloy
Data Collection and Download
Students who successfully complete this tutorial should be able to:
- Conduct a data collection project using a GPS receiver
- Practice downloading data from a GPS receiver using DNRGPS software
- Demonstrate how to save .gpx files into a single shapefile.
- Perform a table join in ArcMap
- Apply classification methods to quantitative data
- Download a free app to your phone that allows you to record decibel levels.
- Choose ten locations with a variety of ambient noise, from quiet to loud.
- Mark a waypoint on your GPS unit at those locations. Be sure to give your waypoint a name that includes a letter. By default, the name will be a number, which can sometimes cause problems later.
- Use the free Evernote app or any other method for recording the location and a short description of the noise source, such as mild traffic, construction, or in the forest.
- Watch the videos below and follow along to download your waypoints into ArcMap
If you don’t have a phone, no problem. Just choose ten locations and a theme for your data collection. The data must have a numerical value that you can record, such as a count or magnitude. For example, you may choose to count the number of bike racks at each location on campus and record the locations using a GPS receiver. Be as creative as you like.
Part 1: Downloading data using the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources GPS Application (DNRGPS)
Part 2: Joining Attribute Data to a Shapefile using a Table Join