Fall 2014 Workshops

The following workshops are offered by the Spatial Analysis Lab this fall.  Sign up for workshops and express interests for workshop offerings on this form – note: some workshops will only be offered on request. Introduction to Web Mapping Intermediate Web Mapping GPS (Parts I & II) Communicating Data with Maps Web Mapping with Google Products Descriptions […]

New Spatial Fellow

Greetings Smithies! I am the new post-bac fellow to your Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) here at Smith College. My name is Victoria Beckley and I hail from Southern California where I completed my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary GIS via Dallas, Texas where I did my upbringing. I spent the first part of the summer on […]

Smith College Favorite Places App

Now in the wild and accepting memories, the Smith College Favorite Places App.        Our intention is to explore how Smith Campus Space transforms to Place. No one denies the beauty of our campus, but we want to know what makes a Smith space special or a favorite.  As these spaces become invested with […]

Smith College Rail System

Geo-artist Elena Terhune ’14 created this awesome map of an imagined Smith College Subway System. Check it out, and read what she has to say about the process of creating it: “Especially in the colder winter weather, we have all idly wished for some way to travel quickly and warmly. Smith’s Spatial Analysis Lab heard you, […]

Thursday Oct. 18: GPS & Mobile Data Collection Workshop

We’re happy to announce the first Spatial Analysis Lab workshop of the fall semester! Come to the Spatial Analysis Lab at 4pm on this Thursday, October 18, for Spatial Data Collection: From GPS to iOS. From high-tech GPS units with lasers to easy phone/tablet apps that are always in your back pocket, spatial data collection can strengthen […]

Google Earth Imagery Updates and Curiosities

I just noticed a Google Earth imagery update for the Smith College campus area.  Great new imagery and quite different from the springtime orthophotography I usually work with.  These images are full of plump tree canopies and appear to be taken during the summer.  Closer inspections indicates the imagery is of a  09/18/2011 vintage.  As […]

2009 Orthophotography

Take a look a sneak preview of the 2009 Orthophotography courtesy of MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and a buddy of mine at PVRPC. In the Google Maps overlay, check out: — * the kayakers on Paradise Pond * Nat Fortune’s “house” on Burton Lawn * blankets and students on Chapin […]

What does your policy look like?

Back in February 2007 I asked one of my student assistants to generate a new map for the mystery map series.  At that time I was very interested in visualizing administrative policies manifestation on the landscape.  All too often, policies are created and enacted without any insight as to how they will overlay on the […]

Watering the rain

photo taken June 09 2009 Seeing the sprinklers water the lawn after 0.3″ of rain the other day got me thinking there has to be a better way. I’ll admit that I don’t know how or when the sprinklers are set to water, but this is 2009 and we are Smith College!! Why not have […]

Springtime on Campus

What a great time of year. A time to relax, reflect, and smell the springtime flowers. Oh, and yes, there a plenty of opportunities to take in that pesticide residue smell… 🙁 Note: photos are geotagged. Download this Google Earth file (pesticides2009.kmz) so you can plan ahead, or around, if you like 😉 ——————————————————————————————————–