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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We are indeed getting started with Digital Map Storytelling, and we have one of our first prototypes up and running! Weeks ago, I was approached by a student looking to map out food sources to connect to institutions. I outlined our conversation in the blog post, Getting Started With Digital Map Storytelling. This conversation let me to investigate some new tools, and I am happy to report that we have our first prototype for Digital Map Storytelling up and running using ESRI’s Storymap template/framework. So how did we get here? Well, doing some initial research we were looking for a way to visualize both images and spatial information, in a way that was intuitive and clean. We decided to get a prototype up and running by following some of the advice here in this post by Bern Szukalski titled Using the Storytelling Map Tour Template, originally suggested by Michael Gould on Twitter. Getting the template up and running on the server So, first step was getting up and running on a webserver. I left that up to my server team to get the Storymap Template up and running. Michael J Grant, server adminstrator at Skidmore, was able to do this very quickly, [...]
Maps tell brilliant stories. This article outlines just how powerful a tool mapping can be. It is vital to look at maps, as you would with any graph or visual representation of information, with a critical eye. How a Map is LIke an Op-Ed
Learn what Prezi is and how to use it! Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7pm GIS Center (second floor of library) Reserve your spot by RSVPing using MyCDC Account Prezi is an easy-to-use, online presentation tool that transforms how we can communicate ideas. Often referred to as “an alternative to Powerpoint,” Prezi allows for zooming in and out of a presentation to see the smaller details and how they interact to create the bigger picture. In this workshop, we will introduce what you can do with Prezi and how to use it to create inspiring presentations. If you’ve never heard of Prezi, come and see what you’re missing. Already familiar with Prezi? Then learn how to get even more out of it. Feel free to bring any material you may want to use to create a Prezi, such as class notes, your resume, or even an old powerpoint. Or just show up to check out what cool things Prezi has to offer. RSVP on the career development center site: (sign into MyCDC Account and click on events) Career Development Center If you want to bring your own laptop to work on, you don’t have to reserve your spot. (If you have [...]
There are always interesting opportunities for those interested in GIS and Instructional Technology at Skidmore College. Here are a few of them. 1) Full time summer GIS/Instructional Technology Position. https://careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=166585 2) 5 Hour a week GIS Lab Assistant Position (now until end of semester) https://skidmore.studentemployment.ngwebsolutions.com/JobXJobDetail.aspx?JobId=4512&s=1 3) New York 6 Instructional Technology Apprentice Program (available to students working in Instructional Technology or GIS, talk to me for more info) http://newyork6.org/itap is the official program, but see what the apprentices worked on here. 4) Work for the GIS Center next year. If you are interested in any of the positions above, I encourage you to contact Alex Chaucer, achaucer AT skidmore.edu, and set up at time to discuss the different opportunities.