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.

 

*It is recommended to make an appointment for assistance (use form to left in sidebar)

 

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.

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On Location

Summer Progress Update June 15, 2015

As of June 15, 2015, the summer is off to a good start in the GIS Center. We have completed the first module in the Data Science Toolkit from Johns Hopkins, and are set up for utilizing R and Github. There has been numerous GIS requests for summer research projects which are keeping the daily flow of traffic moving in the GIS Center. Additionally, we have begun some collaborations with the Sustainability Office and the MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute, supporting their mapping needs, as well as assisting with the Urban Forestry project website redesign. Physically in the GIS Center, we have a new full size wall map and a new flat file map cabinet in our printer room (Thank you to the great facilities folks, George Sperow and Michael Wicks, who assisted with the install). Alex Jackson, the Lab Assistant for Summer 2015, has completed 6 ESRI Virtual Training courses, including Python for Everybody and a rigorous course in spatial analysis, and earned certificates in expanding his geospatial knowledge. GIS Center Wall Map Installation Photos by Alex Chaucer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Based on a work at https://academics.skidmore.edu/blogs/onlocation/files/2015/06/MapUp.jpg and https://academics.skidmore.edu/blogs/onlocation/files/2015/06/mapgoingup.jpg Permissions beyond the scope of this […]

Researching Data Analytics for GIS

This summer in the GIS Center we are expanding the center’s capacity as we research data analytics in the context of GIS and data science related programming languages. To this end, we are focusing on two emerging geospatial tools, ArcGIS Online and CartoDB for web based mapping applications, as well as adopting R, Python, and SQL for more in depth data analysis. In order to accomplish our goals, we currently have one main project that will be a collaboration with another summer student researcher that focuses on CartoDB and applying SQL queries for a local community project called the Sustainable Saratoga Urban Forestry Project. We will also be learning about database design through an online textbook and tutorials. Additionally, we will be utilizing online ESRI training to explore the Python capabilities in ArcGIS Desktop, while also utilizing CodeAcademy for Python training, and an online course through the University of Michigan called Programming for Everybody (Python). For R training, we are focusing on a series of courses through Johns Hopkins called the data science specialization, which introduces a data science toolkit, and quickly focuses on R for working with large datasets. We may also supplement with a course offered through codeschool […]

JOB POSTINGS – Now hiring people who want to change the world.

  Image Credit Nathan Stephans on Flickr.  CC BY-SA 2.0. Some Rights Reserved. Link to original. I’m not kidding. In the Data Visualization and Mapping Center (Library 227) we take that seriously. We know that to change the world, we need to make informed decisions. We know that to make good decisions, you need to communicate your data effectively. The best way to communicate your data effectively is to visualize it and present it in a compelling way to your audience. We have three openings currently posted for jobs relating to the Center. 1) Summer position: Summer Instructional Technology Assistant – GIS Hours: This SUMMER 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday Pay: $13/hour Contact: Apply online at the link above Description: The individual in this position will assist with hands on mapping and data visualization related activities, in the field as well as working with web-based mapping platforms, such as ArcGIS Online and CartoDB. They will also be involved with data collection (Fulcrum), backing up data, digitizing instructional materials, and assisting with GIS analysis. The ideal candidate may also have WordPress, Adobe design experience, and some applied web-based programming experience. The ability to communicate with people of varying levels of technical […]

Create Maps With ArcGIS Online

Come learn how to get started with ArcGIS Online! Here’s a link to the facebook event to let us know you are coming.

 
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