GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research

GIS is a combination of information, techniques, software, and creativity to present, analyze, manipulate, and interact with data that is geographically referenced. The data can be shown in relation to topics such as politics, environmental studies, geography, geology, biology, economics, business, and history.

The Skidmore GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research provides students and faculty with the resources and expertise to incorporate GIS and related geospaital technology into course offerings and research across academic disciplines. The Center is also a resource for local governments, environmental and social non-profit organizations, and historic societies with its extensive catalog of Saratoga County socio-economic, historic, and natural resource data.

The Center supports ESRI ArcGIS 9.3.1 and ArcGIS 10 software for primary GIS use, as well as related hardware (large-format scanning, printing, and GPS)and associated software packages.


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In The News

Mapping past on present for local historians

Small section of a historical mapEach semester, economics professor Bob Jones assigns local-history projects as part of his course on geographic information systems, or GIS. Along with charting ethnic demographics and the political party of the incumbent in Congressional districts, incomes and unemployment rates in various regions, and other census data, his classes have traced land-use patterns over time, last year in Saratoga County and this year in nearby Washington County.


On Location

Google Glass – Mapping and Educational Technology Applications

Google Glass came into existence in early 2012 and since it’s release to the public in 2014, a number of apps have been made specifically for Glass. In particular, there are several applications available for mapping and educational technology. For mapping technology, there are a number of options that can be overlaid onto the Google Glass screen. There’s Google’s built in maps functionality which allows the wearer to ask for the directions. Glass will then use the built in compass and GPS to provide on screen directions to the wearer. Additionally, there is AR Glass for Wikipedia. AR Glass uses GPS to determine your location and then retrieves online data about your surroundings from Wikipedia, and overlays them on the screen. Another app available is Glasquare, an unofficial Foursquare-like app that allows the wearer to check in and search for nearby locations. Additionally, there is the mapping technology app is Fieldtrip. Fieldtrip uses data from over 100 local publisher partners to display information and tips on history, architecture, and hidden gems. Visual data is captured and then searched for, with information about the area or structure displayed on screen. The last location based app available is PosterBoy. PosterBoy allows the […]

Just a reminder to practice safe mapping

I just came across this and I thought it was brilliant, and a good reminder think about the impacts of your mapping. Found on @twitter from @newmapsplus while following the #NACIS2014 hashtag Posted by Alex Chaucer

This summer in the GIS Center

For the Skidmore College GIS Center, the end of the school year signifies an opportunity for examining a plethora of mapping technologies.  This summer, the GIS Center team will be focusing on the capabilities and applicability of a variety of digital and mobile mapping technologies.  Currently we plan to concentrate our focuses on the GIS Center quadcopter-the DJI Phantom 2, GPS technology, and several 3D analysis mapping software.  Overall, we hope to raise awareness about the fun and valuable technologies available in the GIS Center while considering their applicability to a variety of disciplines.  Below are brief descriptions of some of the technologies we will be experimenting with.   Digital 3D Mapping Software This GIS Center will be exploring two 3D analysis tools currently being used in the GIS world.  These software include Target for ArcGIS and Target.  Both of these software provide a medium for analysis of 3D data such as subsurface geological or structural mapping and could be of great use in the geosciences here at Skidmore.  The fundamental difference between the two is that Target for ArcGIS serves as an extension for Esri’s ArcMap, which is currently used in the GIS Center.  Importantly, these technologies are heavily […]

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 […]