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 […]

Professor Waksman Discusses Music and Place on 93.9 The River

Smith’s own professor of Music and American Studies, Steve Waksman, was recently heard on the Pioneer Valley’s radio station 93.9 The River. Steve was interviewed by The River’s host Monte Belmonte in a segment about the History of Rock ‘n Roll. You may be wondering what this might have to do with spatial studies and our […]

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 […]

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 […]

February Mystery Map

The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off on Friday and will be continuing for the next two weeks. Though the sporting events and competitions over in Russia are exciting and challenging, here in Northampton we have our own thrilling contest on our hands… the February Mystery Map! It’s may not be as athletic but only time […]

News Update: End of Fall 2013 Semester

Somehow, the Fall 2013 semester is already drawing to a close. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of student projects and preparations for some exciting things coming in 2014. Several classes this semester had major final projects that involved spatial data and GIS analysis. First, of course, the final projects for the Introductory […]

Visualizing Historical Space

Great opportunity to learn about Historical GIS (HGIS) from one of the leading thinkers in the field.  Anne Knowles from Middlebury College will be on campus this Friday, November 8th to discuss her work on visualizing  the Battle of Gettysburg.  Explore the online map for a little preview: A Cutting Edge Second Look at the Battle […]

News Update 10/17: Fall Semester So Far

Well, looks like it’s time for another news update! My excellent intentions to write a short blog-style post about Spatial Analysis Lab activities are always undermined by my less-than-excellent ability to keep track of the weeks as they fly by at a breakneck pace. Fall Break just ended and as we prepare to support some […]

Fall 2013 Spatial Analysis Lab Workshop Series

This fall, the Smith Spatial Analysis Lab will be offering a series of GIS and GPS workshops to Smith and Five College students, faculty, and staff. Whether you are taking or teaching a class that involves spatial data, interested in using geospatial technologies in research, or just want to know what all the fuss is […]

An Interesting Map For Your Friday Afternoon!

Food for thought over the weekend: a state-by-state map of the highest-paid public employees. (via Deadspin – click map to enlarge)   This map is a great example of why maps are an efficient way to communicate data. Could this data be visualized using a bar graph, or a pie chat? Yes. Absolutely. But putting it […]