Step by step guide to setting up data for your project

Your team should register with and watch the [Introductory Webinar].(October 2018 Geodesignhub Introductory Webinar)

Some of these steps are dependent on how much work you want to do and how much work you leave for the automatic open source tools that we maintain.

  1. To begin, please review the checklist of all data required for a project.

  2. Define “the problem” by writing a few sentences about it. Then identify the study area (along with a square satellite image from Google / Bing maps).

  3. Once the problem is defined and the study area is identified, decide on up to 10 systems that will are relevant to the issues in the study area.

  4. Decide if you have time and budget to prepare maps. If you don’t then email us so that we can create maps for you using our automatic tools. Jump to Step 14. If you want to create your own maps and data, review next step 5.

  5. Download the setup sheet. (Columns I – M have sample filled out sheets) The setup sheet will help you in organising the systems and the data for your maps and also can be used for record keeping.

  6. Enter the 10 systems in the “Evaluation Models” tab and fill legend with data relevant to your study.

  7. All maps should be in WGS 1984 / EPSG 3857 projection and also please review converting from Shapefile to GeoJSON article.

  8. Review the attributes of the polygons needed for the different maps.

  9. If data for the evaluations are created using GIS, review the step by step guide to preparing evaluation maps.

  10. Once converted to GeoJSON, if the file size is too large (>4MB), please review file simplification manual and simplify accordingly.

  11. Create Constraints and Boundaries polygon files, if applicable. Step-by-step guides for each as linked.

  12. Provide Shapefiles for informing design e.g. existing land use, roads, rivers and water bodies etc. and review the linking external data topic.

  13. Complete the setup sheet by identifying the impact and cross systems impact models.

  14. Review the “Create a project” topic

  15. Email to request a project code and create your project.

  16. To customize further, review the administration section of the portal.

  17. If you have external models, you can link them as well by reviewing the “Linking external models” article.

Sample evaluation, boundaries and constraint files are available for download.

At the end of the process you should have:

  1. Evaluation maps for 10 systems.
  2. Boundaries and Constraints files (if applicable)
  3. Filled in and completed setup sheet
  4. Any other external files that you want to provide in the study (see #11)

If you have any questions, please use the reply button below and ask them here.