“I don’t want a holiday in the sun” as the song goes. That’s why this year we are vacationing in England!
Now its true I am English. Born 30 miles north of London (Hemel Hempstead). Educated at London University (QMC, Physical Geography). Now been living in Utah for 25 years (great skiing and good beer). And yes I still ‘speak funny’.
But … my kids have never visited my homeland. Its about time we had a little adventure across the pond
Wondering about your ArcGIS dream vacation?
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Where we hope to get to this year, or our destination, is England. Step 1.
Step 2 in our minds eye how might that vacation look.
- Fly, or take a boat? Definitely fly.
- Where should we land? Gatwick or Heathrow?
- Should we rent a car or take the train to get around?
- Where will we stay Hemel Hempstead or London?
- What should we see? Tower of London, Buckingham Palace ..
- What should we eat? Spotted dick is apparently OUT
Thinking through the answers to these questions is the story.
So we have a destination and story. Next its time to get serious and pull all the pieces together. To put in place a plan and take action using this plan as our guide.
Let’s just discuss the first part of this plan: getting to England. Now we know we intend to fly. In simplistic, practical terms, there are 3 key elements which we will need to be able to fly to England:
- Aeroplane (airplane)
The aeroplane provides the mechanism, the runway gets us off the ground and the pilot has the skill and knowledge to get us to our destination.
I can see some of you beginning to see where this blog post is going
Let’s summarize. Our dream vacation involves:
- ArcGIS Consultant/Professional
Having the mechanism (Aeroplane/ArcGIS) is wonderful. But with no runway (no time spent preparing and managing data), and no piloting skills (ArcGIS Web GIS experience) … our dream vacation would never get off the ground.
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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