Category Archives: Community

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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Save the Date: 2017 Saratoga Planning and Zoning Conference

The GIS Center is working with the Career Services Center to send eight students to the upcoming 2017 Planning and Zoning Conference at the Saratoga City Center on January 25th. This conference is a unique opportunity. There will be 500+ planning board and zoning board members attending the conference, as well as over 25 local […] Continue reading

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Mapping Workshops in the GIS Center

We are excited to share these upcoming workshop opportunities in the GIS Center. Please register if you are interested. If you cannot attend a workshop at the time mentioned, please email achaucer@skidmore.edu to set up an individual consult or make plans for a class presentation. To view all of the Academic Technologies course offerings this […] 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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Keep calm and recycle on

                Since 2013, Facilities Services, the Sustainability Office, student sustainability reps (S-Reps), and representatives from Casella Waste Systems have organized annual on-campus waste audits to track how much recyclable material is being thrown Continue reading Keep calm and recycle on Continue reading

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Study Break – GeoGame Night in the GIS Center

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Celebrating GIS Day at Skidmore College

  The Skidmore College GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Center for Interdisciplinary Research hosted a series of “open to the public” GIS Day events on November 18th and 19th, 2015. Geographic Information Systems is the platform for mapping data analysis and visualization for decision making. GIS Day, according to the gisday.com website, “…provides an international forum […] Continue reading

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What Arisen Will Someday Fall: Growing Season in the Skidmore Community Garden

Growth characterizes life. It is the sign, the performance of living being. By this way, we see life to be a sort of interaction, maybe a system or series of them, or perhaps a chaotic emergence from a disorderly jumble. Continue reading What Arisen Will Someday Fall: Growing Season in the Skidmore Community Garden Continue reading

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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 […] Continue reading

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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 as adopting R, Python, and SQL for more in depth data analysis. In order to accomplish our goals, we currently have one main project that will be a collaboration with another summer student researcher that focuses on CartoDB and applying SQL queries for a local community project called the Sustainable Saratoga Urban Forestry Project. We will also be learning about database design through an online textbook and tutorials. Additionally, we will be utilizing online ESRI training to explore the Python capabilities in ArcGIS Desktop, while also utilizing CodeAcademy for Python training, and an online course through the University of Michigan called Programming for Everybody (Python). For R training, we are focusing on a series of courses through Johns Hopkins called the data science specialization, which introduces a data science toolkit, and quickly focuses on R for working with large datasets. We may also supplement with a course offered through codeschool […] Continue reading

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