My status in the GIS Masterís program is successful completion of four classes. I am currently taking the remaining two courses required for my Masterís, this course and Geog 582, Spatial Databases. I remain undecided regarding the topic of my thesis. I am interested in GIS because I am fascinated with how people choose to represent reality to themselves and each other. I like to think about spatial problems and how best to visualize them.
I am interested in Web GIS because the web has become the de facto source of information for many people today. My company, AT&T, relies on web applications for both internal and external information sharing. My immediate expectation for how I will make use of the knowledge from this program is to help me in my job. We do not currently have a means of showing other teams and upper management the E911 metrics on a map. We as a team must often provide critical analysis of the performance of the E911 system and a web-based map would be extremely helpful. My near-term career goal is to make a contribution to the advancement of emergency communications. My long-term career goal is to expand my horizons into robotics and research.
I helped to implement a tool that will show E911 test calls on a map and it is a web-based application. I would really like to create a web GIS application that would allow the user to ask for various E911 metrics and to visualize them in different, useful ways.
You can e-mail me at: stevejac [at] usc [dot] edu