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I am doing a undergraduate GIS project. It entails a paper route for newspapers in the Pittsburgh Area, so far I have plotted all of the points in a point layer. I have now plotted my points, what should be my next steps? I downloaded basemaps of the roads, and the data set for the pgh roads. I want to: find the shortest distance (elucian distance), I need to start a new network data set from what? (how)?

Please suggest anything else that would be useful or make this project better. Or a list or steps necessary for completing the project.

  • What software are you using? Is this a vehicular or pedestrian (bike) route? You probably won't be looking at Euclidean distance, since that doesn't take into account the network (road) constraints - it's 'as the crow flies'. If using ArcGIS you'll need the Network Analyst extension, and there are some tutorials provided that would help get you started. I will note that depending on your source, getting a clean/network analysis ready dataset may be the bulk of your work compared to actually solving for a route. – Chris W Dec 8 '14 at 21:09