GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research

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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 10 software and QGIS for primary GIS use, as well as related hardware (large-format scanning, printing, and GPS) and associated software packages.



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

New Map for Business Department

The GIS center recently finished a project replacing the Business Department world map, which is used to display the places business majors have studied abroad.  The old map was of low-quality and the country names were blurred so that many of the smaller countries were unreadable.  This old map was also displayed using the Mercator […]

Spatial Humanities Summer Institute for Faculty

The deadline is approaching for this summer faculty opportunity. Please contact Alex Chaucer in the GIS Center if you are interested in applying. See below for details, and follow the link to apply. Project title: Space, Place, and the Humanities Dates: July 24-August 11, 2017 Location: The Humanities Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Description: “Space, Place, […]

Save the Date: 2017 Saratoga Planning and Zoning Conference

The GIS Center is working with the Career Services Center to send eight students to the upcoming 2017 Planning and Zoning Conference at the Saratoga City Center on January 25th. This conference is a unique opportunity. There will be 500+ planning board and zoning board members attending the conference, as well as over 25 local […]

Mapping Workshops in the GIS Center

We are excited to share these upcoming workshop opportunities in the GIS Center. Please register if you are interested. If you cannot attend a workshop at the time mentioned, please email to set up an individual consult or make plans for a class presentation. To view all of the Academic Technologies course offerings this […]