As mentioned in the email I sent out to the faculty during Geography Awareness Week in November, I will attempt to schedule a first meeting for a campus GIS Users Group. There are a good number of folks on campus using GIS, but we have not had much communication since I arrived on campus a couple of years ago…which just happens to be when we got a campus wide software license. Check the campus GIS listserv (firstname.lastname@example.org) to put in your two cents worth on the schedule for the meeting and I will be sure to post the day/time and agenda. Primary on the agenda will be to make clear what software we carry licenses for and what open source options you might use to fill in the gaps for your teaching or research needs.
I will be teaching a new class (for me) this semester…check out GGY3770, Geography of American Indians. The course will meet MWF at 10:10. We will look at the peopling of the americas through today and look at human:environment interaction as well as cultural/societal change and tensions in prehistoric and historic periods. Basically a bit of everything space and place throughout the americas.
I will also be working with a small number of students to create a digital reconstruction of the UNCP campus to mark the 125th anniversary of the university. Please contact me if you are interested in taking part in the project.
Once again we have reached Geography Awareness Week (Nov 13-19). We do not have anything specific planned this year for campus, but you can check out National Geographic’s content at http://geographyawarenessweek.org.
Also, be sure to check out GIS Day on Wednesday to contemplate how Geographic Information Systems and related geospatial technologies can impact your work.
I put up a pre-episode that I put together to test hardware and work out kinks before the first episode…you can find the episode and the new site at observingtheearth.com.
As part of my NC Space Grant I will be rolling out a podcast series in early April. The podcasts will focus on Earth Observation data, tools, and examples from across disciplines. There will be a mix of video and audio podcasts but most will be fairly brief (5-10 minutes). Check back for the official launch information.
The new podcast has been taking my focus off of Spatial@UNCP, but I will try to get it back on track, at least 1 a month, as I get a stockpile of Observing The Earth episodes completed.
Cartography, GGY2500, is the first course in our ‘geospatial track’ and provides an introduction to the wealth of geospatial data and technologies that are used almost all disciplines today. The lectures and in-class labs will focus on map reading and interpretation, spatial data, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and web mapping technologies as they relate to presenting information through maps. The class will meet MWF at 11:15-12:05 in 1246 Oxendine. Other courses in the ‘geospatial track’ that will be taught in future semesters are Intro to Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing.
GGY2500 is a required course for the Environmental Science major and Geography Minor and Concentration.
I am off to this year’s NC GIS Conference in Raleigh. This event occurs every other year and has become known as one of the country’s foremost local GIS events. I will add occasional updates to this post through the Academic Assembly on Wednesday and then through the conference on Thursday and Friday.
The afternoon at the Academic Assembly has kicked off with Greg Ferrara talking about ITRE at NCSU and their work with the NC SHP on motor carrier enforcement.
Next is Eric Lester talking about IAVO’s application GeoGenesis including their free version GeoGensis Lite which you can download and play around with.
After a quick break Ken Galluppi from RENCI is talking about geoanalytics with a lot of focus on cloud. Switching to Jeff Heard to continue…looking at an infrastructure to build what Ken was talking about. the Big Board…teleconferencing over a map aka real time interactive map.
Now Ann Moss Joyner with Cedar Grove Institute is taking us to the use of GIS for advocacy and social justice.
I just sat down from my presentation. I talked about NCView and why other institutions should join.
Chris Badurek of ASU is talking about monitoring rural sprawl which I can say is definitely an issue in Watauga Co. and I hope to add to it some day
Thanks to Jeff Essic of NCSU for putting together the Academic Assembly.
Just a quick heads up that the campus labs should now all be updated to ArcGIS 10. This version has a lot to offer especially since we have jumped from ArcView to ArcInfo, but it also comes with a significantly updated interface. If you plan on using ArcGIS for class or research and do not have it on your personal computer I can provide you with the installation materials as well as free access to online training from Esri which you can check out at training.esri.com.
I also plan to do a one day hands-on intro session to ArcGIS 10 sometime during the semester, I will send details out to the general faculty list and here on the blog once I get things firmed up a bit. Meanwhile, I have been using ArcGIS 10 for a few months now, so if you have any questions or issues let me know and I will see if I can help.
We are working to get an installation of ArcGIS Server up and running to provide campus users the chance to publish their ArcGIS content and share their work. This podcast discusses some of the steps you will need to take to get your maps ready for the Cloud.
The most recent episode of the Spatial@UNCP podcast asked the question of what geospatial training would you like to see offered locally. On campus we have Intro to Cartography and Remote Sensing in the catalog and Intro to GIScience going in for approval in the Spring, but these are meant to support students who are learning the underlying concepts of spatial thinking along with topical concepts. I have also provided (and plan to continue) a series of short ‘what is’ sessions on campus. There is clearly a need for more intense hands-on training for these topics as well. So the question goes out… “what do you need”. If you, your agency, or your office need training in geospatial technologies let us know what you need. Where possible we will try to meet demand with no cost or at least low coast training courses. If you have thoughts on what is needed be sure to contact me with your ideas. If you can show an audience then it will be easier to get a training event going compared to those that might only have 1 or 2 people interested. I look forward to hearing from you!