Which Story Mapping Platform is Right For You?

Which Story Mapping Platform is Right For You?

I’ve been working on comparing varying story mapping platforms over the past few weeks on my blog, with the end goal being to create a guide for folks who need a story map but aren’t sure which platform will work best. Four of the most popular story mapping platforms available–Esri...
Researching Data Analytics for GIS

Researching Data Analytics for GIS

This summer in the GIS Center we are expanding the center’s capacity as we research data analytics in the context of GIS and data science related programming languages. To this end, we are focusing on two emerging geospatial tools, ArcGIS Online and CartoDB for web based mapping applications, as well...
Spring Workshops at the Skidmore Data Visualization and Mapping Center announced!

Spring Workshops at the Skidmore Data Visualization and Mapping Center announced!

  It’s that time of year! The birds are flying north, the grass is getting greener, and the our Spring workshops are in full bloom! All workshops are held in the GIS Center on the second floor of the library, room 227. If you see a workshop you like, please sign...
Humanitarian Mapping Workshop this week!

Humanitarian Mapping Workshop this week!

Come learn how to do some remote mapping that makes a difference with Joh and Themba. Here’s the FB event for this student to student workshop and if you want to learn more on your own, check out our site gisforhumanity for some guidance on getting started.
Digital Map Storytelling, Our Storymap Prototype Up and Running

Digital Map Storytelling, Our Storymap Prototype Up and Running

We are indeed getting started with Digital Map Storytelling, and we have one of our first prototypes up and running! Weeks ago, I was approached by a student looking to map out food sources to connect to institutions. I outlined our conversation in the blog post, Getting Started With Digital...
Can a Smartphone Replace a Dedicated GPS?

Can a Smartphone Replace a Dedicated GPS?

How accurate can a smartphone GPS be? Is a smartphone now good enough to replace a dedicated GPS receiver in the field? These two questions have come up numerous times this past semester. Saratoga Springs is in the process of working on a tree survey and the GIS Center has...
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Building a better trail map...

Building a better trail map…

  For a long time, the trail map for the old Skidmore College North Woods Trail Map has been not up to my personal cartographic standards. Originally developed by Bob Jones and Alex Chaucer a few years ago, multiple versions had been edited and what was the North Woods map had lost it’s original lustre and...

Summer Progress Update June 15, 2015

As of June 15, 2015, the summer is off to a good start in the GIS Center. We have completed the first module in the Data Science Toolkit from Johns Hopkins, and are set up for utilizing R and Github. There has been numerous GIS requests for summer research projects which are keeping the daily...

JOB POSTINGS – Now hiring people who want to change the world.

  Image Credit Nathan Stephans on Flickr.  CC BY-SA 2.0. Some Rights Reserved. Link to original. I’m not kidding. In the Data Visualization and Mapping Center (Library 227) we take that seriously. We know that to change the world, we need to make informed decisions. We know that to make good decisions, you need to communicate...

Create Maps With ArcGIS Online

Come learn how to get started with ArcGIS Online! Here’s a link to the facebook event to let us know you are coming.

Highlight on Student-Faculty Research: Rebuilding a Political World with GIS

Note: Click on map above to view animation in its own window. History Professor Eric Morser and Skidmore student Niki Deininger (Class of ’15) have teamed up to make unique historical maps that recreate the political setting of a New Hampshire county in the 1830s. Some fascinating maps have been produced by this team using...

Google Glass – Mapping and Educational Technology Applications

Google Glass came into existence in early 2012 and since it’s release to the public in 2014, a number of apps have been made specifically for Glass. In particular, there are several applications available for mapping and educational technology. For mapping technology, there are a number of options that can be overlaid onto the Google...

Just a reminder to practice safe mapping

I just came across this and I thought it was brilliant, and a good reminder think about the impacts of your mapping. Found on @twitter from @newmapsplus while following the #NACIS2014 hashtag Posted by Alex Chaucer

This summer in the GIS Center

For the Skidmore College GIS Center, the end of the school year signifies an opportunity for examining a plethora of mapping technologies.  This summer, the GIS Center team will be focusing on the capabilities and applicability of a variety of digital and mobile mapping technologies.  Currently we plan to concentrate our focuses on the GIS...

Upcoming GIS/Tech Workshops!

The following workshops will be offered at the GIS Center within the next few weeks.  They are open to everyone in the Skidmore community, regardless of GIS experience.   Digital Map Storytelling with ArcGIS Online Tuesday March 4th 7:30pm In this short hands-on workshop, we will show you how easy it is to create a...

Dr. Jonnell Robinson to present on Community Geography

On Monday, February 24th, 2014, Dr. Jonnell A. Robinson will present her talk “Points, Lines, and People: Plotting a Course for Community Geography” at 7pm in Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College. Here is her talk abstract: Maps can be a powerful and provocative way to convey information about place. Citizen groups and community-based organizations are...
RIP Dr. Roger Tomlinson, The Father of GIS

RIP Dr. Roger Tomlinson, The Father of GIS

I wanted to share that Dr. Roger Tomlinson, the Father of GIS, has passed away. I first met Dr. Tomlinson at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California, in 2009. The picture above was taken after the plenary, and I again spoke to him when I waited in line to receive a copy of...

Workshop: Use a smartphone to make an interactive map tour

Are you interested in creating an interactive map tour, using nothing but your smartphone and free mapping tools? Perhaps you want to map outdoor art, or graffiti, or you want to use it in science for looking at invasive species, or maybe you are more interested in mapping out history and land use change in...

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