Spring 2022 Workshops

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Spatial Interpolation
3/3 Thursday 4-5 Sabin-Reed 104

With Wayne Ndlovu ‘22. This exercise is designed to introduce the concept of interpolation and how to use this method in ArcGIS Pro. In this exercise we will be using Chloride concentration data collected by Dr Julie Richburg at Kampoosa Bog in Stockbridge and Lee, MA in 1998 as part of her Master’s Thesis Project. The goal of her project was to understand the effects of road salt pollution on the plant diversity and distribution within the wetland. Using the kernel and kriging/co-kriging interpolation methods we will show the predicted spatial variation in chloride concentrations throughout this wetland. The format of this guide is adapted from the Model water quality using interpolation lesson by Eric Krause.


Data Collection with ArcGIS Field Maps
3/9 Wednesday 12:15-1:15 Sabin-Reed 104 (& we will be outside for parts of the workshop)

With Haley Schmidt ‘22. Interested in learning how data is collected in the field? In this workshop we will learn how to use ArcGIS Field Maps for field data collection and GIS mapping. Field Maps is a mobile app that combines data collection, map viewing, and location tracking. We will use it to map street lights around campus. We will then learn how to upload and use this data in ArcGIS Pro. Come prepared to spend some time outside!


Mapathon for Accessibility on Smith Campus
3/24 Thursday 12:15-1:15 Knowledge Lab, Alumnae Gym 207

Crowdsource mapping, or volunteered geographic information (VGI), leverages participatory action and citizen science to gather information that could benefit the collective good. In this mapathon (a coordinated map editing event), we will contribute to three crowdsourced maps that address various aspects of accessibility that are currently deficient for campus: wheelchair accessibility, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, and safe restrooms.


Colorblind Friendly Cartography
4/1 Friday 12:15-1:15 Sabin-Reed 104

How do you make maps that balance accessibility and functionality? In this workshop we will explore tools that can help improve your maps for a broader audience, with particular focus on colorblind safe color palettes and visual contrast between features.


Tactile Mapping
4/8 Friday 12:15-1:15 Sabin-Reed 104

Tactile maps are designed with blind and/or visually impaired users in mind, to be read by touch. We will practice design thinking principles to prepare 3D printable maps that are empathetic and useful by the intended audience.