Category Archives: training

Spatial Humanities Summer Institute for Faculty

The deadline is approaching for this summer faculty opportunity. Please contact Alex Chaucer in the GIS Center if you are interested in applying. See below for details, and follow the link to apply. Project title: Space, Place, and the Humanities Dates: July 24-August 11, 2017 Location: The Humanities Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Description: “Space, Place, […] 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 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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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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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. Continue reading

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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 up here and let us know. If that workshop hasn’t been posted as an event yet, like the page and you will see the event announcement as the date gets closer. Mappy Spring! Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 digital storymap using only a smartphone and free websites. We will be using the camera on your phone, a free image website (such as Picasa or Flickr) and ArcGIS Online.   Make Your First Website Thursday March 6th 7:00pm In this workshop you will learn how to design the beginnings of your own portfolio site. You will be taking advantage of the latest tools such as HTML5 and CSS3 while also following current design standards. This workshop assumes that you have no prior knowledge to web programming.   Download and Print Your Own Topo Maps Monday March 17th 2:30pm USGS Topo Maps are incredibly useful for hiking, planning trips, or giving your dorm room some pizzazz. Benefits of paper maps include: no need to recharge, you can take them anywhere, folding them is fun, and they let everyone around you know that you could have […] Continue reading

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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 keen to use GIS mapping to build spatial awareness of important community issues. In an effort to foster community-based spatial knowledge production, Syracuse Community Geography—a unique university and community collaboration—was established in 2005 to assist grassroots groups in Central New York to frame research questions, generate, collect, manage, analyze and interpret geographic data, and use geographic information to create positive change. In this talk, Robinson will explain the conceptual framework of “Community Geography”; share results from community mapping projects, and discuss the value and challenges of Syracuse Community Geography’s participatory process. The talk is open to the public. Learn more about Dr. Robinson and Syracuse Community Geography. Additionally, there will be a workshop on Census data held on February 25th at 12:30pm in the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Scribner Library, Room 227, titled “Making Sense of the Census: Finding, Understanding and Using U.S. Census Bureau […] Continue reading

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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 the watershed? Come to my workshop on Friday at noon for the workshop: Digital Map Storytelling With ArcGIS Online to learn how to create interactive map tours. Workshop will be held in the GIS Center, 2nd Floor, Lucy Scribner Library, Friday 11/22/2013 at Noon. To view the workshop schedule click HERE. Seating is limited, so register for the workshop today HERE. Continue reading

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This Week: Maps, Robots, and Electronic Clothing

  Here is a quick run down of some great events around the GIS Center (and around campus) that should be on your radar for the rest of the week. Tuesday, Nov. 19th: Mobile Mapping Workshop/Community Geography with Dr. Timothy Hawthorne – Library 113, 12:40pm. Come see how mobile devices can be used in Community Geography. Register here. Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 7pm GIS Center: Digital Map Storytelling with ArcGIS Online,  taught by two GIS Center Student Assistants. Register here. Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30pm, Gannett Auditorium, Lecture on E-textiles (electronic textiles) from Leah Buechley ’97. She designed the Lilypad Arduino and is a well known expert in the field of e-textiles, and former director of the MIT Media Lab’s High-Low Tech research group. Thursday, Nov. 21 7pm, Excelling with Excel taught by a GIS Student Assistant. GIS Center. Register here. Thusday, Nov. 21 8pm, Computer Science Club meeting featuring the NAO Robot. (See photo above) Robot demo and look at the programming interface. GIS Center. Friday, Nov. 22 12 noon, Digital Storytelling with ArcGIS Online, taught by Alex Chaucer. GIS Center. Workshop will teach how to use a smartphone to make a Storymap. Register here.     Continue reading

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