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Geomatics-GIS Geopardy: Time Stuffer Puzzles

Three Jeopardy-style puzzles for testing your general knowledge of Geomatics and GIS concepts

Here is an opportunity to test your general knowledge of the basics of Geomatics and GIS in a fun way. The answers are provided below but check only after you’ve exhausted other possibilities. If you are an educator you might wish to use these puzzles on those occasions when you need to fill time, or want a review, or you guessed it, anytime you need them and in any way you wish; maybe work backwards and create questions from the answers. You are also encouraged to offer additional categories with graded questions and answers.

Board #1

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Board #1: Questions. Image by James Gibson

Board #1: Questions. Image by James Gibson

Board #2

Board #2: Questions. Image by James Gibson

Board #2: Questions. Image by James Gibson

Board #3

Board #3: Questions. Image by James Gibson

Board #3: Questions. Image by James Gibson

Answers

Kai Sonder teaches use of GPS

Kai Sonder teaches use of GPS (Photo credit: CIMMYT)

  • Graphics: 20- arc; 40- polygon; 60- region; 80- raster- 100- vector
  • Cartography: 20- annotation; 40- base map; 60- surface; 80- datum; 100- image
  • Spatial: 20- topological overlay and contiguity analysis, surface analysis, linear analysis, and raster analysis; 40- spatial data; 60- geometric models, coincidence models, adjacency models; 80- spatial order; 100- spatial interaction
  • Direction: 20- aspect; 40- azimuth; 60- Triangulation; 80- Bearing; 100- Magnetic declination
  • Acronyms: 20- Geographic Information System; 40- Global Positioning System; 60- Earth Observation Satellite; 80- Co-ordinate Geometry; 100- Basic Spatial Unit
  • Standards: 20- American National Standards Institute; 40- Digital Geospatial Metadata; 60- American Standard Code for Information Interchange; 80- ARC Standard Raster Graphic; 100- Multiple Document Interface

Board #2

  • Acronyms: 20- Multispectral Scanner; 40- Land Information System; 60- Universal Transverse Mercator; 80- Joint Photographic Expert Group; 100- Dots per Inch
  • Spectrum: 20- Band; 40- forms of electromagnetic radiation; 60- photon; 80- kHz- radio; microns- infrared; eV-X Ray; 100- visible spectrum, radio frequencies
  • Data: 20- bit; 40- byte; 60- character; 80- discrete data; 100- data conversion
  • Coordinates: 20- coordinate; 40- Benchmarks; 60- Cartesian Coordinate System; 80- origin; 100- tic
  • Models: 20- surface model; 40- point, line, area, and surface; 60- digital elevation model; 80- model; 100- map projection
  • Database: 20- field; 40-GIS database; 60- geographic database; 80- database; 100- relational database

Board #3

  • Processes: 20- geocode; 40- analysis; 60- allocation; 80- calibration; 100- map query
  • Acronyms: 20- optical character recognition; 40- Radio Detecting and Ranging; 60- International Standards Organization; 80- Hypertext Transfer Protocol; 100- Digital Geospatial Metadata
  • Formats: 20- Tagged interchange (image) file format (TIFF); 40- band separate; 60- Data Exchange Forma (DXF); 80- Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES); 100- gif
  • Tables: 20- attribute table; 40- base table; 60- table; 80- attribute; 100- records and fields
  • Software: 20- Computer-aided design CAD; 40- ArcView; 60- Oracle; 80- ARC/INFO;  100- IDRISI 
  • Cartography: 20- template; 40- topographic map; 60- map; 80- map scale; 100- neatline

So…how did you do? Too difficult? Too easy? Missed some critical concepts? We’d be happy to hear your comments.