• GIS 101

    Getting Started with GIS


    To submit your GIS data, log in to the PRORAGIS database just as when submitting survey data. Click on "Profile Management," select the relevant year for data entry, and find the GIS tab at the end of the second row of tabs.

    1. At the GIS landing page, you can download a preformatted Excel spreadsheet or the File Geodatabase (in the Full or Lite versions). In addition, there are links to instructions for a File Geodatabase upload and definitions of GIS attributes and values.
    2. To enter the GIS program, click the green “NRPA GIS Program” button.
    3. Depending on your browser and the type of computer system you use, a “Share Location” option will appear at the top or bottom of the page. Agreeing to share your location will bring the map to the area where you are located.
    4. As well, you may receive a message asking whether you would like to only view webpage content that was “delivered securely.” We recommend that you do not require secure content in order to ensure full mapping capabilities are enabled.
    5. As you move through each of the blue sections on the left, notice they all have a question mark icons on the left that, when clicked, provide instruction and clarification.

    There are three (3) available methodologies for loading your GIS information into PRORAGIS. The method you choose will depend, to a large extent, on your current resource inventory storage methodology. The possibilities include:


    A. GDB Upload


    You have a GIS system in use with all your parks, trails, and facility data loaded into the NRPA File Geodatabase schema.

    1. Under the Import tab, browse your desktop to find the appropriate file for uploading. If you have a personal geodatabase you will need to convert it to a file database to be compatible with the open architecture application in use.
    2. Once loaded, your polygons and points should be visible on the PRORAGIS map. You can click on these to see what data has been entered into the fields.
    3. If data import failed, it may reflect different terminology used in the schema. You will need to reconcile the terms for the attributes and values. Check to make sure your data is in the standard File Geodatabase format, has projections for all the features, and is zipped correctly.
    4. Once reconciled, you are finished. Maintenance only requires periodic updates, depending on how actively you are making changes to you facilities and lands.

    B. Excel Upload


    You have your inventory of parks, trails, and facilities on an Excel spreadsheet.

    1. Download the Model Excel spreadsheet from the NRPA GIS program and cut and paste your data into the appropriate fields so your data will be compatible with the application.
    2. Under the Import tab, browse your desktop to find the appropriate XLS file for uploading.
    3. Once loaded, if data has not been imported it may reflect different terminology used in the schema, and you will need to reconcile the terms for the attributes and values. Check to make sure your latitude and longitude coordinates are in decimal degrees and correctly added to your Excel sheet.
    4. Once terms have been reconciled, you are finished. Maintenance only requires periodic updates, depending on how actively you are making changes to you facilities and lands.

    C. Manual Upload


    Submit data manually if you have no recorded inventory of parks, trails, and facilities and no direct access to GIS applications.

    1. Enter the GIS Program and click “Share Location” to see the map of your location.
    2. Once you have your jurisdiction showing on your desktop, go to the Edit section and select one of the choices for adding parks, trails, and facilities. Initially you will probably want to outline the polygons for the parks. The small question mark in the box contains instructions on creating a polygon.
    3. The next step will be to complete the data set under information for that park.
    4. You can then go back to edit and select a facility point or polygon and locate facilities within your park.
    5. This process can be repeated until you have completed your inventory. It will then be available as a printable PDF so you have a completed inventory. To Print, click File, Print.

    The above process can take some time to complete if the data is not readily available. We encourage you to use interns from local colleges or high schools if you are short of personnel to complete the profile. We also encourage you to load a small test dataset before proceeding with the entire dataset to work out any attribute issues up front.

    Return to PRORAGIS 101 survey instructions.

    Contact Daniel Espada, NRPA GIS Research Analyst, with questions or comments.

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