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## GUS 0821 La Salle University Digital Mapping Visualization Lab Report All requirements attached below. There’s a “how-to” video in the attachment as well.

GUS 0821 La Salle University Digital Mapping Visualization Lab Report All requirements attached below. There’s a “how-to” video in the attachment as well. GUS 0821 Digital Mapping Spring 2020
Final Project (Lab 12)
OVERVIEW
Lab 12 below.
2 components:
1. Cartographic component: Make 4 maps on Social Explorer (see page 2)
2. Written component: Analyze your maps in an essay (see page 3)
Due dates:
Lab 12: Monday, April 27th – Finalized versions of all components due to Canvas by 5:00pm
Final Project Video Walkthrough:

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Part 1: Cartographic Component (Lab 11)
Task 1: Create four maps using Social Explorer
(You learned how to use Social Explorer in Lab 11).
Question: What geographic area can I pick?
Answer: You can choose to either create four maps of four different census variables by:
a) analyzing 4 census variables at the national scale with variables set at the State level
b) analyzing 4 census variables of any state of your choice with variables set at the
county Level
c) analyzing 4 census variables of any city of your choice with variables set at the
Census Tract Level
d) analyzing 4 census variables at any smaller part of the city at the Block Group Level
OR
You can choose to create four maps of four different census variables for two different years
by:
a) analyzing 4 census variables for 2 different years at the national scale with variables
set at the State level
b) analyzing 4 census variables of any state of your choice for 2 different years with
variables set at the County Level
c) analyzing 4 census variables of any city of your choice for 2 different years with
variables set at the Census Tract Level
d) analyzing 4 census variables at any smaller part of the city for 2 different years at the
Block Group Level
Question: What data should I map?
Answer: Please choose any census variables. Make sure to check the data dictionary to make
sure you understand the variable being mapped.
Question: What should the visualization type be?
Answer: Whatever looks best/appropriate for the data you chose.
Question: What should be included on the map?
– Please export the map at an appropriate scale for the geographic phenomena you are
looking at. (For example, if you are studying Philadelphia – make sure the map shows all
– Please pick the number classes/breaks/cut points other than default. (Please justify why
you chose them)
– Change the color from default
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Don’t be afraid to play around with the options available to you to make your map more
interesting.
Part 2: Written Component (Lab 12)
Question: What is the structure of the paper?
– 6-10 paragraphs where each paragraph is more than 3 sentences, totaling about 3-4
pages.
– Please include your maps and title them with Figure #’s. You can include them as in-text
images or at the end of the paper in an appendix. When analyzing your maps, refer to
them as the figure #. Your figures do not count as part of your total page count.
– You should write an introduction and conclusion.
– Don’t go overboard, but make sure to address all of the prompts I provide for you
below. When I say essay, I mean essay and not a bullet-point list of your answers to my
prompts below.
Question: What should be included in the analysis for each map?
1. Introduction (1 paragraph): Start your paper by describing the importance of data
visualization and mapping. Think of this as your opportunity to summarize what you
have learned in this course. Why is quantitative literacy and cartographic literacy
important in today’s world? Think of some relevant examples like media consumption or
tools of persuasion.
2. Analyze the spatial distribution of your variables and discuss your cartographic
process (4-8 paragraphs):
a. For each variable write a paragraph or two that addresses the following:
i. What is the variable that you choose to map? What does it measure
(hint: look up data dictionary on Social Explorer)?
ii. What geographic pattern does the map show? For example, if you chose
unemployment, is it concentrated in one part of the city (state, county,
tract etc.)? Where is it not concentrated? Does it surprise you? Why do
you think this pattern is appearing? Please do some research and write a
1. If you choose to map changes in four variables over time please
describe those changes and hypothesize why you see those
changes occurring.
iii. What cartographic decisions did you make on this map? For example, the
color you chose, the classes, the scale (units) you chose – anything else
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you clicked on the map – explain what you clicked/did and why? Please
be as detailed as possible.
3. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
a. Write a conclusion paragraph comparing and synthesizing all the maps together.
Are there areas where all the variables compound? What can you say about the
relationships between the variables? What is a limitation of the data you used?
What could be flaw in let’s say, measuring poverty using the unemployment
rate, or using the category ‘Latino’ to measure race. You may have to do some
research about how the category is being measured and what it means.
Part 3: Oral Presentation Component (Bonus Opportunity)
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