Maps that Engage and Promote Change Workshop – May 14 & 17, 2018

Learn to create maps that affect social change with design thinking principles at the Maps that Engage and Promote Change Workshop this coming week. Please register here. On Day One: (Monday, May 14 in the Design Thinking Studio – Capen Annex) Learn about the lineages of cartography with particular emphasis on critical cartography and counter-mapping […]

Where is Everybody? Campus Directory Mapping

By Kalynn Kosyka, Computer Science & Data Science ’19 Currently, Smith College is going through major renovations which resulted in many staff members being relocated. The Campus Directory Map will allow the user to query on name, department, and/or person type (faculty, staff, student) from the college directory. After querying, the user will be directed […]

February 2018 Mystery Map Solution

March right in to find out what the February Mystery Map was about! While the map received more than 300 views, we had modest submissions (must be fight-or-flight response to Google Forms.) Scott Gilman, our previous post-bac fellow, promptly solved the map shortly after it was posted (22 minutes to be exact, but, there was […]

Design of Mobius Camera Mounts Prototype A

By Cindy Li, Engineering ’18 Currently SAL conducts unmanned aerial photogrammetric surveying with the DJI Phantom 4 and its onboard 4K Camera. The SAL wants to expand its mapping capabilities to include infrared imaging with the Mobius Infrared Action Cam. I am currently working creating a 3D printed mount that can be externally attached to […]

Mystery Map 2018 Kickoff

The state of affairs for a new year can be uncertain, but your unequivocal love for map mysteries is huge!  You can launch the full version here.  Hint: Not sports-related despite the title, but a clue is embedded in the post. 

Spring Forward, Fall Semester Back – Fall 2017 Review

The spring semester is rapidly settling in! We are anticipating nine classes in the SAL across disciplines – Archeology, Art, Art History, Environmental Science & Policy, Geosciences, Latin American & Latino/a Studies, and Sociology. Looking back on the Fall 2017 semester, we worked with five classes to incorporate spatial technology in the curriculum. Our work […]

Upcoming Spring 2018 Workshops

The grand reveal: the spring 2018 workshop schedule! All workshops are held in the Lab, Sabin-Reed 104.  We like to offer a variety of workshops each semester, so we can also host tailored workshops for your group or department. If interested, please contact sal@smith.edu. Please note that two workshops require pre-registration — you can sign-up […]

J-Term 2018 Review

The SAL offered two courses during interterm: Introduction to GIS and Drone Thinking. Introduction to GIS As foretold by a fortune cookie, “the great aim of education is not knowledge but action…with GIS” — this year’s GIS class emphasized the pedagogical shift to how to learn GIS rather than teach GIS. The materials covered in […]

Where is Your Holiday Cheer?

Share your holiday adventures and live vicariously through the rest of the Smith community! Click on the image below to participate.  This Winter Break Travel Map is a new rendition of the Snowflake Map of the past, as seen below.

Gobble Gobble (Where Have the Tofurkeys Gone?)

Welcome back from Thanksgiving! We wrapped up our Tofurkey Map with 115 views – including one fan from Ireland. There were 41 contributions to this crowd-sourced break destination map. Here are the superlatives: Fanciest dish: wild rice, apple, and sausage stuffing  Most encompassing dish: “All of it!” Trendiest dish?: Vegan almond butter gravy (Here’s the […]