You cannot beat a home cooked meal. To me little tastes better than a meal cooked by my wife. Carefully assembled, beautifully put together. I watch with awe as my wife goes back and forth from the fridge and food cupboard. Cutting, combining, mixing. One pan here, another there, steaming, bubbling. The air filled with such wonderful smells.
My job? To sample and give feedback. Love it. Maybe a little more spice here, more thickening there.
But please don’t ask me to do the same: cook a wonderful, tasty meal!
My map problem is like a home cooked meal HELP!
On the surface a home cooked meal seems easy. A visit to the supermarket, cook book for guidance. And off you go. But in practice there is an art (maybe even some level of training) to creating a delicious home cooked meal.
Your map problem might be the same. We will again revisit our ArcGIS Solutions Pyramid. In our last post, Map problem: DIY or Subway approach?, we discussed the second level or ‘Build a Map’. Here we move to the third level; ‘Calculate and Build a Map’.
Let’s look at a ‘Calculate and Build a Map’ example. In our What is your ArcGIS persona? blog post we discussed the following question:
We have a custom trade area, we need to know the population and sales per square mile respectively for each trade area in the State of ……
Think about that question. Simple to answer? Maybe, if you know the right data to assemble, how to enrich that data etc. Could you learn how to answer this question if you don’t know how to do that today? Sure.
But, just like a home cooked meal, you may find that lack of time, and ability move you towards looking to others for help
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Author: Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan is a Principal at WebMapSolutions. Matt evangelizes GIS and intelligent maps around the world through keynotes, articles, tweets and his books. Follow him on Twitter:
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