GIS Penalty Score Calculator

This page should give you an impression on how well you were carrying out your GIS work. It might give you some ideas on where you still can improve your work.

Question Answers
When did you start planning the use of GIS in your project? After field work (2) After planning (1) During planning (0)
Did you budget the use of GIS? Yes (0) Yes, symbolic (1) No (2)
Did you use the correct coordinate system? Yes (0) No (1)
Did you verify/correct your own digitized data? Yes (0) By checksums (1) No (2)
Did you use the value '0' as a code? Yes (1) No (0)
Did you quantify the geometric error in your data? Measured (0) Estimated (1) No (2)
Did you fold your maps? Yes (2) No (0)
Did you generate a unique ID for each observation? Yes (0) No (1)
Did you save date values as separate Year-, Month- and Day- fields in addition to a date field? Yes (0) No (1)
Did you save time values as separate Hour-, Minute- and Seconds-fields in addition to a time field? Yes (0) No (1)
Did you document whether time values represent summer time? Yes (0) No (1)
Do you know the geometric accuracy of your base map(s)? Yes (0) No (1)
Did you use outdated data in your analyses? Yes (1) No (0)
Do you know the definitions of all your base data (classes)? Yes (0) No (1)
Did you archive your data? No (2) magnetic media (1) reliable media (CD etc.) (0)
Are the archives stored in a save place? two save places (0) one save place (1) No (2)
Did you document your data? in detail using standards) (0) partly (1) No (2)

Your penalty score is:

A score of 0 makes you a perfect GIS user!
A score higher than that shows that you still can improve your work.
A score higher than 5 means that different things need to be ameliorated.
A score over 10 means that you probably missed quite a lot!
A score over 15 might indicate that you better turn your computer into an air brush!