History

November 1998
• Meeting and review of Mount Holyoke College GeoProcessing Laboratory

December 1998
• Hire consultant and begin acquisition of computers and software

January 1999

• Move into Burton 407
• Install Dell Server (GISLORD)
• Install two Dell Workstations (GISLAB 1 and 2)
• Install ARC/IFNO and ArcView GIS software
• Install Calcomp Drawing Board III Digitizer (48• x 60•)

March 1999
• Present preliminary results of Conte Neo-Tropical Migratory Bird Survey

May 1999
• Begin GIS database development work on Mill River Watershed Project

June 1999
• Add Laptop Computer and another Workstation (GISLAB 3 and 4)
• Temperature is rising in the lab !

October 1999
• Add two more workstations (GISLAB 5 and 6)

November 1999
• Smith Celebrates GIS Day (11/18/99)

January 2000

• 3 Day Interterm Training Class

February 2000
• Add workstation (GISLAB 7)

March 2000
• SAL Core Committee Officially Formed

Classes
• Horticulture Class uses SAL (3/28/2000)

January 2001
• 5 day Interterm Training [13 students]

February 2001
• Add workstation (GISLAB 8)
• SAL Logo established through design contest (winning design by Salma Chan ’02)

Classes
• Environmental Seminar EVS300
• Landscape Architecture and Planning ARS 280
• Geomorphology GEO251

June 2001
• 2 day GIS training including Introduction to ArcView [10 students]

September 2001

Classes
• Landscape Architecture and Planning Class (ARS280)
o 1st class introduced GIS and GPS
o 2nd class conducted fieldwork and mapping of Smith Campus to determine optimum space for repose
• Introduction to Archeaology Class (ARC 211)

November 2001
• Smith Celebrates GIS Day (November 13, 2001)
• 4 Presentations on Glacial Lake Hitchcock, Earthquake Analysis, Field Archeology, and Planning a Space for Repose

January 2002

• 5 day GIS training including Introduction to ArcGIS I [11 students]

February 2002

Classes
• Geomorphology (GEO251)
• Environmental Science & Policy Seminar (EVS300)
• Landscape Studies (LS100) *
• Economic Growth and World Development (ECO301) *

*in development

March 2002

• 2 Day ArcGIS Class

April 2002

May 2002

• 2 Day ArcGIS Class [6 students]

June 2002

• 2 Day Getting Started with ArcGIS Class [10 students – CET]

August 2002

• Mellon funded GIS Training for faculty from NITLE (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Arts) schools

September 2002

A record 6 classes are using the SAL!
• Groundwater Geology
• Pre-Colombian Arts
• Sociology (World Population)
• Sociology (Environment and Society)
• Introduction to Earth’s Processes and History
• Geology in the Field (tentative)

Spring 2003

Fall 2004

• GIS Day

Technology Breakthrough –

• SAL Launches first ArcIMS Site
• SAL upgraded to a dozen new computers (see Resources for details)

Summer 2004

• SAL moves from Bass 105 to Bass 103 adding an additional 180 sq. feet

Summer 2005

• SAL upgrades to 20 workstations

• Geo comes on-line replacing Mercator
• Dangermond is born (old science server) to serve ArcIMS map services

November 2005

• Mercator (our second server) dies on the 18th of November at 5:45am (RIP)

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