Advice Spatial data survey advice !

Capain

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Hello,
I am currently building a survey to find out the needs and use of spatial data in the environmental sector.
However I am stumped on how to ask the questions "what data do you need" and "where do you ge. I am not particularly sure how to word it, I was hoping to make the answers multiple choice as well.
 

Philip

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Immediate thoughts... and I'll think about this overnight, as well...

Are you looking to survey any particular side of environmental? Are you looking for regulation side? Such as groundwater, landfills, remediation, hazardous materials, chemicals, drinking water, etc? Or, natural resources, environment, vegetation, streams, geology, etc? Or other? I believe that environmental has a large aspect to it. I haven't worked solely on environmental, but I believe there are many separate topics.

Some of the questions might be something like...
  • What areas have you found GIS is useful? (List out all options with a checkbox where they can choose many.)
  • What types of data is useful? Vector GIS, infrared, aerial, thermal imagery, sample testing, sensors, etc...
  • Have you had any GIS analysis done to help you visualize your product?Answers: In house (employees performing analysis), contracted services, perform work myself, never have completed analysis but see a need, never needed analysis and don't see a need.
  • If applicable, where do you get your data? Answers: Downloaded from free sources, paid online services, contract deliverables, etc.
  • What type of software do you use? Desktop based commercial, desktop based freeware/open source, cloud based GIS software, known, etc.
Is this helpful at all? I believe I can probably think of more questions, if I am on the right path. The environmental realm is large, so you might get overwhelmed unless you keep the survey broad or pinpointed to a particular topic.
 
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Capain

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Immediate thoughts... and I'll think about this overnight, as well...

Are you looking to survey any particular side of environmental? Are you looking for regulation side? Such as groundwater, landfills, remediation, hazardous materials, chemicals, drinking water, etc? Or, natural resources, environment, vegetation, streams, geology, etc? Or other? I believe that environmental has a large aspect to it. I haven't worked solely on environmental, but I believe there are many separate topics.

Some of the questions might be something like...
  • What areas have you found GIS is useful? (List out all options with a checkbox where they can choose many.)
  • What types of data is useful? Vector GIS, infrared, aerial, thermal imagery, sample testing, sensors, etc...
  • Have you had any GIS analysis done to help you visualize your product?Answers: In house (employees performing analysis), contracted services, perform work myself, never have completed analysis but see a need, never needed analysis and don't see a need.
  • If applicable, where do you get your data? Answers: Downloaded from free sources, paid online services, contract deliverables, etc.
  • What type of software do you use? Desktop based commercial, desktop based freeware/open source, cloud based GIS software, known, etc.
Is this helpful at all? I believe I can probably think of more questions, if I am on the right path. The environmental realm is large, so you might get overwhelmed unless you keep the survey broad or pinpointed to a particular topic.
Hi Phillip,
You're exactly on the right lines! Thanks so much, theres a question in there that I might use if thats ok?
I want to keep it quite general when it comes to the environmental specialism, so I am looking for what spatial data researchers or consultants etc use and need readily access too regardless of their specialism!
If that makes sense, cheers for ypur help so far I really appreciate [email protected]
 
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Capain

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Update,
So I have been trying to put my survey together and have slightly changed the aims of it, the aims are now to , "look at the nature and range of environmental spatial data, and to find the most used data types to practioner needs" does this make sense?

I have included questions asking about the environmental sector they work in, and what type of organisation they work in, so I can categorise results this way, however I am having trouble trying to ask the "What data do you need the most?" question, I have a list of answers below:
  • Land Boundaries
  • Environmental boundaries
  • Land use
  • Lakes/ Water courses
  • Populations
  • Buildings and roads
  • Weather/Climate / Atmosphere
  • Geology
  • Ecology (Populations could come under this??)
  • Oceanography/ Ocean boundaries
  • Energy (Oil & Gas wells, powers transmission lines etc.)
  • Elevation data
But fear this will not give me the results I am aiming for, does anyone have any ideas how I can make the list more extensive? Or categorise data types better? Or should it be more along the lines of raster and vector data?
I am in a real survey writers block so any help is more than appreciated, thanks guys :)
 

Philip

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Sorry for the delay, I have had an extremely busy week.

Perhaps for each category have a high, medium, low or a way to prioritize the layers. Essentially, asking what data do you use the most?

Method 1) High, medium, low, none for each data category

Or

Method 2) Number each of the following data from 1-10 on your use where 1 is low and 10 is high use.
___ Land Boundaries
___ Hydrographic Data
___ Cadastral
......
_ Other (write in the data) ____

Or

Order the data in the importance of use
____ Climate
_4 _ Land Boundaries
8 Geology
12_ Building and Roads
___ Ecology
.....


Do you think something like one of these would work?
 
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