Lab 5 – Primary Data Collection
The objective for this lab was to design both a data collection system and a data storage system for primary spatial data collection. My professor provided each student in the class with 15 survey point locations that were selected randomly across Western Washington University’s campus. We were to visit each of the survey points and collect data on land cover, moisture, noise, and aesthetics. Much of the data was highly variable and dependent on the individual collecting it.
We were tasked with creating a field data collection form that allowed us to efficiently collect data on paper/Excel/Collector for the each category. The points were given to us in an Excel file and we had to import them into Arc in order to create a field map. Once we created the field map, we would visit the points, collect the data, and then enter the data into our collection form and into our attribute table.
This exercise was the first part of a geostatistical analysis that you will see in my Lab 6 post where we aggregate the entire classes data together to map two variables, campus safety and campus noise.