So I'm tasked with GIS work as a GIS Analyst. My schooling wasn't in GIS, in fact it's still ongoing, but I have experience with the software and the data. Going on about 7 years of experience. One of the things that I have seen cause the biggest problems in GIS and Mapping in general is data structure.
I worked for SEVERAL years in a Graphics environment. The team was built on a foundation of draftsmen and engineers. As technology advanced they began digitizing their work. But rather than build DIGITAL system and learn new work flows, they forced the digital environment to cater to their paper workflows.
Being a City Government workplace there was no incentive to adapt and learn and become true GIS. Instead what I saw was a gradual adoption of GIS ideas and concepts adopted into a paper workflow for a digital system. <insert banging head on desk>
Well, that's my past. My present is within a true GIS environment. A current boss that grasps the GIS world with both hands, in fact he's been a GISP and even won an award or two. But it's been a few years since he last was able to delve, up to his elbows, into the GIS world. Meanwhile, he hired a GIS person with a plethora of experience. Almost two decades of experience utilizing true GIS, incorporating it into various workplaces and he and I have begun the process of bringing our City up to speed with GIS. ArcGIS Servers that are clustered, an entire 10.2.2 system (all desktops and servers), web maps (ParksFinder, and more), and the Local Government Data Model.
Now 3, or 4, years ago I was the Address Coordinator. My job was to manage, maintain, and create addresses for the City of Tulsa. During this time I was introduced to the LGM for Addressing. That initial introduction has sparked something. I am fascinated with what the LGM has to offer. A complete, robust, adaptable data structure for Government GIS. In my past, whenever I've discovered something like this it has been game-related. Based on game systems I've played, or found interesting, I would find a rule system that fascinated me and I would dive in and study it like it was a college course. Learning all of the nuances, trying to find applicable programming ideas to develop software tools as aids for fun.
Well, now I've got the LGM. Other than chess, I don't really play all that many games anymore but the LGM still feels like a set of rules that allow me an advantage. And so I've begun studying. Learning. Digging in and trying to understand the intricacies so that I can best integrate the data that we manage here at the City of Tulsa for the best setup for maintaining and presenting that data.
I'm also a Google Drive fan (BIG fan) and so I've begun my initial study workspace in my Google Drive. I thought that other GeoNet members might be interested in having access (or to assist) so I'm sharing my work. If you would like to be able to add to this, edit, or whatever just let me know. My Google e-mail is [ randomblink at gmail dot com ]. And here is the link to my docs...
Again, I just started this today. It's probably being done by someone else, better, over somewhere else. But if I get in and set this all up it will help me to wrap my head around ALL of the pieces. It will require me to touch every aspect of the LGM. And HOPEFULLY, it will help me figure out where to put certain pre-existing datasets into the LGM.
Either way, it's going to be interesting. But I also think it will be fun. Taking apart systems and documenting them like this has always been something I enjoy and take a lot away from. So we'll see. Again, if you're interested in being a part? Let me know. I'll share.