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Final Expert Evaluation

This is the final step in the expert evaluation.  Your responses in this questionnaire provide a means for evaluating the likelihood of web-based geospatial information services and analytical tools  to be an effective mode of managing real-time surface water hydrology.  In addition, the future application of this technology to other hydrologic or environmental data may be influenced by your feedback.  Please be as detailed as possible in your responses.

Questionnaire

PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.  WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED, CLICK ON THE SUBMIT BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE:
FOR QUESTIONS 1-40, VERIFY THAT YOUR CHOICES ARE MARKED WITH A BLACK DOT IN THE CIRCLE

Section #1  Web-based Hydrologic Data
Please rank the following topics in regards to their importance within your professional position:


CHARACTERISTICS OF WEB-BASED HYDROLOGIC DATA
 
Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important Not Applicable
  1.  Ability to view real-time hydrologic data on the Internet:
  2.  Ability to analyze real-time hydrologic data on the Internet:
  3.  Ability to download real-time hydrologic data on the Internet:
  4.  Ability to search and query real-time hydrologic data on the Internet:
  5.  Ability to reference real-time hydrologic data with other data on the Internet:
  6.  Ability to access real-time hydrologic data in map form on the Internet:
  7.  Ability to access real-time hydrologic data in tabular form on the Internet:
  8.  Ability to access real-time hydrologic data in graphical form on the Internet:
  9.  Ability to view metadata for real-time hydrologic data on the Internet:
10.  Ability to print maps of hydrologic data from the Internet:

 

Section #2  Prototype Attributes
Please rank both the performance and importance the following prototype attributes.  For each attribute, select one descriptor from the Performance section AND one descriptor from the Importance section:

PROTOTYPE ATTRIBUTES PERFORMANCE IMPORTANCE
Major Strength Minor Strength Neutral Minor Weakness Major Weakness High Medium Low
11.  Zoom In and Zoom Out Tools
12.  Pan Tool
13.  Move N,S,E,W Tools
14.  Realtime Tool
15.  Identify Tool
16.  Query Tool
17.  Find Tool
18.  Measure Tool
19.  Buffer Tool
20.  Select Tools

PROTOTYPE ATTRIBUTES

Major Strength Minor Strength Neutral Minor Weakness Major Weakness High Medium Low
21.  Initial Tool
22.  Previous Tool
23.  Print Tool
24.  Stream Gaging Station Data Layer
25.  Rivers and Streams Data Layer
26.  Major Hydrologic Units Data Layer
27.  Precipitation Data Layer
28.  Hydrologic Units Data Layer
29.  Lakes Data Layer
30.  Roads Data Layer

PROTOTYPE ATTRIBUTES

Major Strength Minor Strength Neutral Minor Weakness Major Weakness High Medium Low
31.  Major Highways Data Layer
32.  Cities Data Layer
33.  Counties Data Layer
34.  Data Layer Attributes
35.  Data Legend
36.  Metadata
37.  Tutorial
38.  Data Accessibility
39.  Ability to Interact
40.  Speed of Response to Actions

 

Section #3  Short Answer Questions
Type your responses to the questions on the left in the corresponding box to the right.
Please be as detailed as possible in your response:
SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS YOUR RESPONSES
 

 

41.  What is your overall impression of the prototype data, tools, and functionality for handling hydrologic data and supporting management of water resources?  What are the strengths and or limitations?

 

 



 
 

 

42.  How effective is the Internet as a platform for interacting with geo-spatial information?  Do you think that the technology used in this prototype will substitute traditional means of transferring large volumes of data to users?

 

 



 
 

 

43.  Is the data available in this prototype sufficient for supporting management of water resources in California including spatial-temporal analyses?  Are there any aspects of the data layers section of this prototype that you dislike?  Is there any data that should be added or removed from the prototype to make it more useful?

 

 



 
44.  Does the prototype provide a cost effective, efficient means of data access, analysis, and dissemination that would be valuable to you, your organization, and or the general public?

 
 

 

45.  Does the prototype provide added functionality for managing flood events compared to traditional or existing data access methods?  If so, in what regard?

 

 



 
 

46.  Does the integration of web-based GIS tools applied to maps containing real-time hydrologic data combined with other environmental data foster the ability to perform spatial-temporal analyses of hydrologic processes?  If so, in what way?  Does this prototype foster the ability to perform spatial-temporal analyses of hydrologic processes?

 



 
 

 

47.  Identify any improvements in the usability of real-time USGS streamflow data in California through the implementation of this prototype.  What are the advantages and limitations?

 

 



 
 

 

48.  Do you think the prototype has the potential to enhance the decision-making process within water resource management?  Explain your answer.

 

 



 
 

 

49.  In the third section of the tutorial, you were asked to compare the existing USGS California NWIS homepage with the prototype.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?  Does the prototype have the potential to replace the existing website?  If so, why?  How does this prototype compare to other means of data dissemination (paper publications, pdf format, static maps, ect)?

 

 


 

 

50.  How does this prototype containing Internet-based GIS tools compare with traditional desktop GIS software?  What are the strengths and weaknesses?

 

 



 
 

 

51.  What aspects of the tutorial do you like and or dislike?  Does the tutorial cater to both the novice and expert user?  How important is the tutorial as a part of the prototype?

 

 



 

Please provide any additional comments.  Was there anything on your mind while working with the prototype, or through the tutorial, or through this questionnaire that you have not communicated?



 


 

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Your Job Title:
 
The Name of Your Employer:  
Today's Date:  (example: 08 28 2004)


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Last Updated: 12/31/2014
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