Geospatial Tool Kit
The Geospatial Tool Kit (GTK) is a small Global Positioning System (GPS) combined with a Windows Mobile Pocket-PC digital assistant (PDA). This system was originally developed for the On Target Geospatial Technologies Seminar, a Cooperative Extension Outreach program hosted by the Utah Geospatial Extension Program.
The Geospatial Tool Kit combines a surprisingly simple set of tools that bring imagery, GPS, and GIS together into one turnkey, field-based, decision support solution. It includes a Pocket-PC PDA, an inexpensive WAAS-GPS, NASA satellite imagery and/or USGS air photos and topography maps through Microsoft Research Maps (formerly TerraServer-USA), and simple GIS software that end users can both obtain and use with relative ease. This entire system costs under $1000, a cost so low that it can be retained by a workshop participant or his sponsoring agency. This has allowed participants to immediately reinforce the critical cognitive-hardware-software linkages upon arrival at their home station following the training event.
View the "Geospatial Tool Kit" Training System Specs: Download PDF
Various tutorials, reports, and information sheets regarding geospatial technologies are available below (in PDF) to download:
- Three GPS Units Tested and Compared (August 2006)
- Three GPS Units Tested and Compared (March 2010)
- The HP iPaq 210 Enterprise Handheld
- High-End DGPS and RTK Systems (revised March 2010)
- Using Microsoft Research Maps - MSR maps (July 2010) (formerly TerraServer-USA)