Tag Archives: GIS

OpenStreetMap Mapping for Nepal

OSM Contributors at Kathmandu Living Labs

An opportunity to assist with relief efforts in Nepal:

In a special WesGIS/Mapping workshop, we’ll introduce tools that you can use to contribute toward relief efforts in Nepal through mapping. We’ll get you registered, provide a hands-on introduction to mapping using OpenStreetMap.org’s browser-based iD editor, and show you how to find lists of mapping tasks that need completion (following the basic outline presented at MapGive). New satellite images and tasks are being posted daily and there is still much work to be done.

Anyone in the Wesleyan community who is interested in helping out by tracing (digitizing) objects from aerial photos is welcome to join. No GIS experience required.

The room has 30 computers. Please bring a laptop if you have one. RSVP here and contact kdiver[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or presor[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with questions.

Date: Friday, May 1
Time: 2:00 – 3:00
Place: Allbritton 204

GIS Day at Wesleyan!

Ludacris MapFrom Rebecca “Housemate Geography” Sokol ’15:
Are you aware of geography? Well, this week you will be, as Wesleyan celebrates National Geography Awareness Week and National Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day. On Wednesday, 11/19 students in Professor Kim Diver’s GIS classes will be hosting a number of events and activities celebrating the uses of GIS.
One of these activities is the creation of an interactive campus map called Wes Memories. Submit anonymous memories or stories through this Google Form, and we will add it to a campus-wide “Memories Map” that will be displayed in Usdan on November 19th. Think of a spatial, slightly-more-appropriate ACB.
Keep an eye out for other geography-related activities in Usdan from 11:00 to 1:00 on Wednesday, 11/19!
In addition to student activities, the Connecticut GIS User Network will be hosting speakers, discussions, and demonstrations from 9 -3  in Beckham Hall. See a full list of speakers and events here
Date: Wednesday, 11/19
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Locations: Usdan and Beckham Hall

New QAC and GIS Courses on WesMaps


The Quantitative Analysis Center has added several new courses for the fall and spring semesters: one on data science, and four courses on GIS (Geographical Information Systems – above image).

These courses are:

QAC 211, Fall 2013: Digging the Digital Era: A Data Science Primer – A course in which students use R to access, organize, and analyze data through small projects to illustrate the application of techniques, and will also complete a semester-long project accessing and using data from Twitter to answer a research question. (Tuesday and Thursday, 1:10 – 2:30)

E&ES 322 and 324, Fall 2013: Introduction to GIS and GIS Service Learning Laboratory – A class and lab that must be taken in conjunction with one another. Students will use GIS (geographical information systems, tools that organize, analyze, and display spatial data). GIS is used in the class with a focus on how it can be used practically. In the lab component, students work together using GIS to answer local questions about environmental problems. No prior GIS experience is necessary. (Wednesday and Friday, 2:40 – 4:00, and Thursday, 1:10 – 4:00)

Spring courses past the jump: