Summer at the SAL by Hannah Davis

It’s almost the middle of summer and things are heating up at the Smith Spatial Analysis Lab. This summer has seen the continuation of many exciting projects, and the start of a number more.  As the Spatial Analysis Lab intern, I had the privilege of working with a wide variety of people across campus. I […]

Rewriting Our Campus Through Mapping

Excited voices bubbled in the basement of Forbes Library during a Monday afternoon teen after-school program: “Let’s build the bridge there!” “Oh! What if we planted some reeds and near the water?” “Okay, the blue dashed line is where the bike path will go in Florence.” I was invited to talk to the students about […]

Inclusion in Action Conference Participatory Mapping Workshop

Who are you within the Smith landscape? The Spatial Analysis Lab is engaging the Smith Community in a participatory mapping workshop during the Inclusion in Action conference to encourage critical thinking about the campus and envision a more equitable landscape. So, come join in the conference, listen deeply and make your mark. Quite literally in […]

New Spatial Analysis Fellow!

Hello! My name is Emma Harnisch, the new Spatial Analysis Post-Bacc Fellow. I graduated from Smith just last May and still call the Pioneer Valley home, for at least a bit longer. I studied geosciences while I was a student and researched the geochemical impacts of historic small-scale mining. But I spent lots of time […]

Upcoming Fall 2018 Workshops

Web Tools for Creating Fantasy Maps October 23, 2018 (Tuesday) 4:00–5:00  Explore tools to make maps of imaginary landscapes in preparation for Halloween.   Web-mapping with ArcGIS Online November 6 (Tuesday) 4:00–5:00 Learn how to make interactive maps with ArcGIS Online.   Making Story Maps November 12 (Monday) 4:00–5:00 A compelling visual storytelling platform that combines […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 

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 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 […]