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New Map for Business Department

The GIS center recently finished a project replacing the Business Department world map, which is used to display the places business majors have studied abroad.  The old map was of low-quality and the country names were blurred so that many of the smaller countries were unreadable.  This old map was also displayed using the Mercator […] Continue reading

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The Skidmore Geoscience Augmented Reality Sandbox

By Alex Chaucer and Connor Christoffersen So, you may have heard the term “augmented reality” (AR) lately.  It is gaining in name recognition due to the new Pokémon GO game that many are playing, even here at Skidmore. Did you know that augmented reality can be used as an instructional technology in the college classroom? The […] Continue reading

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Top Ten Geo Stories of 2015

flickr photo shared by Calsidyrose under a Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) license My mind has been brewing for some time (since early December) on how to summarize and capture the year in “geo.” I deliberately cast a wide net with “geo” mainly to capture my personal interests in geospatial technology and also geography.  As […] Continue reading

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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 Storymaps, StoryMap JS, Neatline, and […] Continue reading

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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 ArcMap and a GIF animation program. CartoDB and Geocommons were also evaluated for possible map data visualization opportunities. The maps will be used in Professor Morser’s book, The Fires of New England: A Tale of Power and Protest on an American Frontier. This book focuses on a single document signed by twenty men in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, in 1834. According to these men, lawyers had seized control of the state government, taken advantage of the state constitution, undermined democracy, and threatened to destroy the revolutionary dreams of America’s founders. In response, the twenty men proposed that universal education and a well-schooled population could thwart the deceitful efforts of the attorneys and judges and revitalize the state’s revolutionary heritage. Professor Morser attempts to locate this single document in its larger historical context and explain why these men produced it when they did. With the help […] Continue reading

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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 Glass screen. There’s Google’s built in maps functionality which allows the wearer to ask for the directions. Glass will then use the built in compass and GPS to provide on screen directions to the wearer. Additionally, there is AR Glass for Wikipedia. AR Glass uses GPS to determine your location and then retrieves online data about your surroundings from Wikipedia, and overlays them on the screen. Another app available is Glasquare, an unofficial Foursquare-like app that allows the wearer to check in and search for nearby locations. Additionally, there is the mapping technology app is Fieldtrip. Fieldtrip uses data from over 100 local publisher partners to display information and tips on history, architecture, and hidden gems. Visual data is captured and then searched for, with information about the area or structure displayed on screen. The last location based app available is PosterBoy. PosterBoy allows the […] Continue reading

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