Google Earth: A Great GIS for Beginners
How do we find the work that we have done?
You can use brain memory, index cards, databases, etc
For me, the easiest way is to have a graphical way to find them. Very easy, involves no thinking!
I don't have the time, money, or really even the inclination to use real GIS. But I still wanted a GIS.
So I am just using the Placemark system in GE. Just add a Placmark and a label for the work. You can use different symbols for differnet kinds of jobs. You can put different types of jobs in different folders, to control display.
You can rt-click on the Placemark and access a Properties dialog box which contains a Description edit box, where you can place hyperlinks to pdfs, directories, rw5's, etc.
Say I am doing a map showing proposed utility esmts, and I want to use some boilerplate from a similar job. I just open GE and go to the vicinity:
then I can zoom in on the exact parcel:
then I rt-click on the Placemark I want, and pick Properties:
if the hyperlinked files are on the web, it will open that doc. Mine are just on my disk, so I have to copy the link and paste it into a dos prompt:
this opens up an html version of a job card I created in Access.
It contains hyperlinks that will open on my computer. Instead of a job card, you could just link pdf, dwg files, etc in the Description portion of the GE Properties window.
To me this is much easier than searching in a textual database.
Hoping some will try this, or offer suggestions how to make this even better.