Fall Mystery Map Solution Revealed

The Fall Mystery Map challenged viewers to consider the regulation of space. Each of the three maps represented a unique regulation zone that participants were asked to identify based on context clues within the maps. This led viewers to through a series of questions to determine what regulation is represented by each zone: what type of […]

Fall 2014 Mystery Map

The Spatial Analysis Lab’s Mystery Map Contest returns with its Fall 2014 challenge: Regulated Space Study the image (map) below (click to expand) to solve the mystery of the regulated space depicted in each of the three maps! The first correct answer* wins a choice of: An on-line GIS course ($100 value) Admission to one of SAL’s Instructor-Led […]

February Mystery Map: Solution Revealed!

And the answer is… The February Mystery Map challenged you to match four different maps of the world with the quantitative variables they showed, and prompted all interested spatial thinkers and pattern detectives to question things like: “Which areas are more heavily represented in the Winter Olympics, and which areas are more represented in the Summer […]

November Mystery Map Solved!

The answer is: The November Mystery Map showed the locations that non-motorists (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc) have been hit by cars in downtown Northampton. In this case, the data is from the year 2010, showing a complete snapshot of collisions during that year. In 2010, there were 23 reported collisions between motor vehicles and non-motorists, and according […]

November Mystery Map

November Mystery Map: “Doctor, Doctor” Come one, come all! Can you guess the mystery variable shown on this month’s Mystery Map? Update 11/15/12: First hint released! The theme of this month’s map was decided when two similar yet rare events occurred in downtown Northampton within five days of each other (between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4). […]

October Mystery Map Solved!

October Mystery Map: “Fifty Nifty United States” What do the eleven orange states have in common? The answer is: There are no students in the Smith College Class of 2016 from any of the orange states (Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming). The map below shows […]

New Mystery Map!

The October Mystery Map is now available! It’s interactive this month, which means you can zoom, pan, and click to get a better sense of the data … and what the map might show. Check it out here and then enter a guess for the chance to win a prize!

October Mystery Map

October Mystery Map: “Fifty Nifty United States” What do the eleven orange states have in common? In elementary school, we learned that there are “fifty nifty United States” … but some of these states are not like the others! Use your map-reading and critical thinking skills to figure out what this map shows. Check out […]

September 2012 Mystery Map Solved

The September 2012 Mystery Map depicts monetary contributions to the candidates in the Massachusetts 2012 senate race, Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.