Fourth Annual Tofurkey Map

Are you flying across the world for Thanksgiving break? Or maybe you’re not planning to leave your dorm for five days? In either case, we hope that you’ll contribute to this year’s Tofurkey 2017 Map, a tradition started by former Post-Bac Fellow Victoria to document where and how Smithies are spending the holiday! We will post updates […]

Diversity on Diversity

Although embedded deeply within the Sciences at Smith, the Spatial Analysis Lab routinely crosses boundaries to work in other domains.  One recurring theme is mapping justice and the typical focus is environmental justice given our grounding.  But more recently our attention is drawn to issues involving social/economic justice and inequality.  Much of our work in […]

Learning from the Favorite Places Project

By Karen Yu ’16 One of the older projects that we have worked on at the SAL is the Favorite Places Map on our website. The goal of this project was to see where students, alums, and others saw as their favorite places on campus. Are there parts of campus that students aggregate more towards […]

Collaboration with the Art Museum!

by Karen Yu, Spatial Analysis Lab Assistant Despite its physical appearance, the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) is more than just a computer lab in Sabin Reed. Behind the scenes, we’re often busy with new projects, teaching, and always thinking spatially. Recently, the Art Museum reached out to collaborate with the SAL on a new exhibit […]

Fall 2015 Mystery Map Data Revealed!

Members of the Smith Community seem quite adept at interpreting LiDAR Point Cloud Cross Sections! Nearly eight (80) folks viewed the challenge and eight (8) submitted answers.  Of those, five were completely correct, and the remaining three missed one or two.  Surprisingly, the Cutter-Ziskind profile (C) was mistaken most often with answers of Mendenhal, and Sabin-Reed/McConnell. The […]

Fall 2015 Mystery Map-Data

We have cool, shiny new LiDAR data to play with in the Spatial Analysis Lab.  These data were captured in December 2013, but we did not receive the final product until earlier this summer.  We’ll provide more details about LiDAR,  and our plans for processing and analysis after the Mystery Map competition is complete.  Until […]

Nepal Earthquake Response Mapping Follow-up Workshop

In response to the recent earthquakes in Nepal the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has provided an online mapping platform that allows volunteers to help map the infrastructure of the areas in Nepal effected by the earthquakes. Mapping road networks and structures is critically important to help responders navigate the area to provide assistance to those in […]

Nepal Earthquake Response Workshop Well Attended in the Week Before Finals

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has developed a project called MapGive, which allows volunteers to populate maps in parts of the world where mapping resources are limited. The idea originated following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti when mapping the island’s infrastructure through GPS surveying on foot proved too dangerous and not fast enough. As an alternative OpenStreetMap provided a […]

Contribute to the Smithie Summer Plans (and beyond!) Webmap

Take a look at our web map to see where Smith students are spending their summer 2015! Explore the interesting research that students will be conducting, the cool jobs students are heading off to work at, the exciting continuing education programs students have been accepted to, the adventurous travel plans students have in store, and the […]

November in Review

Well, November was quite a busy month. So busy,  in fact,  that we were unable to spend time writing weekly updates to post. Our review covers the entire month of November and is organized by type of work: Overview Class Support 1. Study of Women and Gender 230 2. Spaces of Mexico (SoMec) 3. ENV201/202 4. Soc232 Student […]