Fall 2014 Scholars’ Lab GIS Workshop Series

All sessions are one hour and assume attendees have no previous experience using GIS.  Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials with expert assistance.  All sessions will be taught on Thursdays from 2PM to 3PM in the Alderman Electronic Classroom, ALD 421 (adjacent to the Scholars’ Lab) and are free to attend and are open…. Continue reading “Fall 2014 Scholars’ Lab GIS Workshop Series”.

Spring 2014 Scholars’ Lab GIS Workshop Series

All sessions are one hour and assume attendees have no previous experience using GIS.  Sessions will be hands-on with step-by-step tutorials with expert assistance.  All sessions will be taught on Wednesdays from 10AM to 11AM in the Alderman Electronic Classroom, ALD 421 (adjacent to the Scholars’ Lab) and are free to attend and are open…. Continue reading “Spring 2014 Scholars’ Lab GIS Workshop Series”.

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,…. Continue reading “Map Sleuthing in Africa”.

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…. Continue reading “GIS Day 2013”.

Mapping Crowd Sourced Bicycle Data

Background Charlottesville is not the easiest place to ride a bicycle.  There are obstacles beyond the narrowness of the streets.  Let’s take a look at a few of these. The above map shows the elevation around Charlottesville with dark green being the lowest areas and bright red being the highest.  The Charlottesville street system is…. Continue reading “Mapping Crowd Sourced Bicycle Data”.

Homer’s Catalogue of Ships

Ben Jasnow and Courtney Evans (UVA Classics Graduate Students) just presented their findings at DH2013. They hypothesize that their spatial-linguistic analysis of the catalogue of ships could aid in the discovery of ancient sites. Check out their presentation here:  Mapping the Catalogue of Ships Here’s a preview:

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…. Continue reading “Size Matters”.

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…. Continue reading “Spring 2013 GIS Workshops”.

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…. Continue reading “Meg Stewart to talk about the Fulbright Scholar program, Thursday, Jan 17”.

Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer

[Cross-posted with dclure.org and neatline.org] This is part 3 of a 3-post tutorial that walks through process of georeferencing a historical map and using it in GeoServer and Neatline. In part 1 of this series, we used ArcMap to convert a static image into a georeferenced .tiff file. In part 2, we post-processed the file…. Continue reading “Using Neatline with historical maps :: Part 3 – GeoServer”.

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