Map Sleuthing in Africa

One of the many fun things we do in the Scholars’ Lab is help people find geographic datasets. Folks use geographic datasets to make maps and for spatial analysis using geographic information systems software.  Finding detailed local-scale datasets can be hard.  And finding local-scale geographic datasets for areas outside the United States is even harder,…. More.

GIS Day 2013

November 20, 2013 was GIS Day.  In our annual tradition here in the Scholars’ Lab, we hosted a round of lighting talks with a variety of speakers including several groups from the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School.   As always, the had a great mix of disciplines and uses of GIS.  Thanks again to all the…. More.

Size Matters

In geography, size matters.  On maps, large always wins over small.  We’re human.  We’re wired to quickly spot patterns and make visual comparisons.  See Tufte, Edward. Picture a map of your own state.  How does it compare in size to the states next door, the largest states, the smallest, or Texas? I recently joined with…. More.

Spring 2013 GIS Workshops

Every semester Kelly Johnston and I teach a workshop series around specific topics in GIS.   Typically, we stick to the basics for fall but branch out and mix it up a little by teaching new topics in spring.  Our sessions are one hour long and generally designed to be hands-on and don’t require prior knowledge…. More.

Meg Stewart to talk about the Fulbright Scholar program, Thursday, Jan 17

A Fulbright Scholar Talks About Participatory GIS, the Caribbean, Google Earth and How a Fulbright Could Be in Your Future Thursday, January 17 2:00 – 3:00pm Alderman Library, Room 421 Meg Stewart Academic Technology Consultant and Fulbright Ambassador A Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 to the University of the West Indies in Barbados, Meg Stewart will…. More.