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!
An overview of geospatial technology training on campus and the question of what training you would like to see offered in the area (on or off campus).
Here is the abstract for this Thursday’s session on ArcGIS at 10AM in Oxendine 2202. If you would like to attend, send Cynthia Saylor an email to register.
ArcGIS is the industry leading software for storing, manipulating, and displaying location information. The software allows users to take advantage of the wealth of spatial data that is available from government, corporate, and public sources. While the most perceptible use of a geographic information system (GIS) is to create a map to share with others, ArcGIS provides a wealth of tools to create spatial data, consume existing data, conduct spatial analysis, and model our world. The session will spend time (30-40 minutes) discussing what GIS is and isn’t, what tools ArcGIS offers, and how ArcGIS can support your research, service, and education efforts. How to find data to support your needs will also be discussed. The remainder of the time will be spent in a self-led hands-on ArcGIS exercise.
The session is intended to provide attendees with a broad understanding of how ArcGIS may fit within their workflow. After this session you will have access to online training from Esri, the company who makes ArcGIS and, of course, time to ask specific questions about your needs for spatial analysis and mapping.