Project Examples: Midterm to Final

While the selections below are not all-encompassing of the fine work produced in last year’s Advanced GIS class, these are all projects that have certain similarities to this year’s proposals. They are presented to provide examples of the kind of work students were able to produce, and to serve as a foundation from which you can build this year.

1) Railway to Heaven created a fantastic site to assist the California High Speed Rail Authority in station area demographic and built environment analysis.

See the Midterm to learn how the team incorporated live data from Zillow, Flickr, and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in addition to published data from the High Speed Rail Authority and Orange County Transportation Authority.

Then check out the Final with it’s much improved site design:

And, it includes a very elegant use of Google Charts!!:

The y-axis labels below could be titled more transparently, but the chart and display is very clean and sharp.

2) Bici-Coders created a very useful tool for cyclists, planners, and interested members of the general public to better plan bike trips. The map provides bicycle information in a spatial format for the City of Los Angeles to be hosted on the LADOT website.

Here is the team’s Midterm that incorporates data feeds from Yelp, and also generates directions based on user-inputted origins and destinations.

See the improvements the team made on the Final including a cleaner User Interface and the ability for site users to propose new locations for bike storage using Google Forms.

3) Check out CloudWhirled’s site for a good example of keeping your design simple and its functionality clear. The sole function of the site is to assist affordable housing developers in determining how particular sites would score on the Tax Credit Allocation Committee Application (TCAC), a main source of affordable housing funding. The scoring system in the application is based on spatial proximity to amenities.

The Midterm laid out the base functionality for the site.

The Final includes a point calculator to assist affordable housing developers in determining how particular sites would score on the TCAC Application.
Point Calculator based on spatial proximity of site to amenities with manual verification capability:


4) Secret City allows users to map representations of the “now” alongside images, demographics and news of decades long-past. The site incorporates Flickr data feeds, and instructs users on how to add their own images to the map. The site provides an excellent example of the use of technology as a tool for place-based community engagement.

See how the site developed from the Midterm to the the Final.





Note: some language in this post was borrowed and modified from the team’s original blog postings.


When i-frame troubles get you down, and prevent you from telling the story you want to in your post, inserting a screenshot of your page and a hyper-link to your site is a good fall back. Here’s a nice example of this. The upload/insert settings hold the key to customizing static images in your posts.


Full size Lasercat:

Thumbnail Lasercat:

Making your images clickable:

Notice how there is an option to Link URL in the Add Media window above. This is where you gain the ability to make any image you insert into your post clickable in a way where it directs site users to any page you’d like. Simply insert the URL of the site you’d like users to visit when they click your image. Go ahead, click on the Thumbnail Lasercat above.