Mystery Map V Revealed

Please click the map to see an enlarged version of it. Wow! Congrats to everyone who correctly guessed that our map displayed the lights on campus. Apparently we made this one too...

Mystery Map V

Well, here is the fifth Mystery Map of the series, just in time for GIS Day. For this map we dug into the student archives. This data was gathered by A. Ruschp in 2008 for a project in the Introduction to GIS class. Once again, it is focused on the Skidmore College campus. Good luck. First Skidmore post with correct answer wins a long sleeve t-shirt! Have an idea for a future mystery map? Tell us: Feedback Link Spoilers...

GIS/World Town Planning Day

GIS Day is November 17th this year. World Town Planning Day is on November 8th. Both are being celebrated in one event on the 8th of November at UAlbany thanks to UAlbany’s Geography and Planning Department. There will be presentations by students and professionals. The keynote speaker will be Galina Tachieva, author of Sprawl Repair Manual. Her bio can be found here. And here is the link to GIS/World Town Planning Day’s event...

New York Election Results from the New York Times

The New York Times goes into extensive details on the New York elections here, detailing everything from the Special Senate Election to the Major Ballot Measures. At the top right of the page is an interactive map displaying the margin of victory by county. Here’s a larger map of the US. Hovering over various counties will show their results for the House. By browsing the “Electoral Explorer,” one can view results by demographics, such as by percentage of college graduates. Clicking “District Bubbles” will display the winner’s margin of victory in each county. Very interesting maps! I wish I could display them here directly; go check them out at the New York Times...

Mystery Map IV Revealed

Click the image to view it enlarged. Skidmore College is offering a class this semester titled Sustainable Mobility Solutions. The class has been collaboratively researching how students and faculty move around on and off campus as well as identifying the mobility problems on campus. The aim is to provide plans and projects to improve Skidmore College’s “walk-ability” and “bike-ability”. One of the key issues for students is bike parking. Many bikes on campus are unracked either because there is no rack at all, no rack nearby, or the rack is not covered and protected from the elements. The class hopes that by providing good data and plans to the administration they will be able to put bike parking where it’s needed. As bicycle mobility increases, this type of student feedback into the planning process becomes invaluable to emphasize the needs of the student body. If you would like to be a part of creating a better campus, contact Andrew Noone. Any ideas or help you can provide will be appreciated. If you would like to help gather more data, we are planning on doing several more bike audits in order to get a better sense of how biking differs by hour, day, and weather. Data collected at 4:30 PM on Monday, October 11, 2010 using 3 GPS devices. Data collected by Nicholas Liu-Sontag 11′, Gordon MacPherson 11′ and Andrew Noone 11′. Thanks to Greg Lloyd 11′ for help with the data collection sheet. Map created by Andrew Noone 11′. Congrats to everyone who guessed that the dots referred to racked and unracked bikes on campus. Kudos also to those...

Lecture: Where Do Large Earthquakes Occur in the Central and Eastern United States?

A brief note on a lecture soon here at Skidmore—Alan Kafka, a professor in the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College, will visit and present a mixture of his own and current research into where earthquakes will occur. The lecture is scheduled for 6 PM on Monday, 11/01/10, in Emerson Auditorium. Please check the event poster for more...

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