The Oregon Explorer Experience: An Internship with a Statewide Geospatial Atlas Public Deposited

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  • The Professional Science Master’s program requires all graduates to complete an internship and prepare a descriptive report in lieu of a master’s thesis. In 2009 I concluded a three-month full-time internship with the Institute for Natural Resources (INR). Oregon Explorer (OE) is a collaborative effort between INR and Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL); OE is a web-based digital library that provides information and geospatial data for the state of Oregon to natural resource decision-makers and practitioners. I worked as a geographical information systems (GIS) intern for Oregon Explorer. Developing and completing this internship, which focused on addressing a public need, provided me an opportunity to learn techniques such as business and communication skills, applications like ERDAS and Adobe Creative Suite 2, and software languages such as HyperText Markup Language (HTML), ArcIMS AXL, and Extensible Markup Language (XML). This report discusses my internship’s scientific, ethical, and financial relevance as required by PSM degree guidelines. Additional background information is provided on the development of GIS, the ethical implications of web-based geospatial information, emerging technologies associated with building and maintaining on-line media for the public, and other benefits I gained from my internship with Oregon Explorer.
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  • Abstract.........................................................i Title Page Approval Page..................................................iii Acknowledgments.................................................iv Table of Contents................................................v List of Figures.........................................................vi List of Appendices..............................................vi 1.0 Scientific Report 1.1 Introduction.....................................................1 History of Web-Based GIS.........................................2 Ethical Use of GIS Data..........................................4 GIS Code of Ethics...............................................5 Rules of Conduct.................................................5 Ethics and the Oregon Explorer.............................6 Metadata and Federal Geographic Data Committee Standards.........6 BitTorrent Technology............................................7 Open Source......................................................8 Skillset and Software............................................8 1.2 Materials and Methods.......................................9 Web-based GIS....................................................9 Hazards Explorer................................................12 Imagery Explorer BitTorrent Technology..........................12 1.3 Results....................................................16 Skills Acquired.................................................16 Hazards Explorer................................................16 Imagery Explorer BitTorrents....................................23 1.4 Discussion.................................................23 1.5 Conclusion.................................................24 2.0 Business Report 2.1 Description of the Business................................26 History of Oregon Explorer......................................26 Oregon Explorer Business Plan (2007)............................26 SWOT Analysis...................................................27 2.2 Marketing..................................................28 User Groups.....................................................28 Needs Assessment................................................28 daVinci Days Experience.........................................29 PDX PostgreSQL..................................................30 2.3 Finances...................................................30 Internship Financial Analysis...................................30 Oregon Explorer Financial Analysis..............................30 2.4 Management/Human Resources.................................33 About the Staff.................................................33 3.0 References..............................................34 4.0 Appendices..............................................36 List of Figures Figure 1 Oregon Explorer Homepage...............................10 Figure 2 Oregon Explorer Web-based GIS Process Flow.............11 Figure 3 Oregon Imagery Explorer Homepage.......................13 Figure 4 County Download Image Map..............................14 Figure 5 Torrent User Interface.................................15 Figure 6 Oregon Explorer Imagery Explorer BitTorrent Preface....15 Figure 7 Hazard Layers Available in Advanced Mapping Tool.......17 Figure 8 Flood Hazards Around Newport, OR.......................18 Figure 9 Flood Hazards of the Corvallis Waterfront..............19 Figure 10 Oregon Hazards Reporter Tool (Corvallis Waterfront)...20 Figure 11 Oregon Hazards Reporter Tool (Crater Lake)............21 Figure 12 Oregon Hazards Reporter (Oregon State University).....22 Figure 13 BitTorrent Download Screen (Grant County).............23 Figure 14 Oregon Explorer Current Funding Sources...............32 Figure 15 Oregon Explorer Past Funding Sources..................32 List of Appendices Internship Journal..............................................36 Portland PostgreSQL Presentation................................40
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