Fall 2022 Workshops (So Far)


Ethics of Drones
10/7 Friday 12:15-1:15 Spatial Analysis Lab (Sabin-Reed 104)

We are in the process of revising our Drone Code of Ethics and your concerns, ideas, and just forming thoughts will help inform our practice. During the workshop we will go over the draft document and collaboratively edit. We will also think about how this document should be implemented, and the implications of conduct and ethics in other lab spaces. Drones will be out for exploration and engagement. We welcome all students, staff, faculty, community members, technophiles and technophobes alike. Pizza lunch will be provided and to access the draft code of ethics, please register in advance.

High Accuracy Data Collection with ArcGIS Field Maps
10/13 Thursday 4:15-5:15 Digital Media Hub GIS Computer Lab (Neilson 012D) & we will be outside for parts of the workshop

We will prepare a data collection feature layer in an ArcGIS Online web map, then configure a smart form in Field Maps to use in the field. We will learn how this set up allows us to use an external high-accuracy Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receiver, and to utilize the base station to perform Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) differential correction to achieve centimeter-level accuracy for our data.

Recreational, Mapping, and Survey-grade GPS: What’s the Difference?
11/1 Tuesday 4:15-5:15 Digital Media Hub GIS Computer Lab (Neilson 012D) & we will be outside for parts of the workshop

Quality spatial data informs good decisions, therefore it is important to determine the level of accuracy requirements your field data should meet. The ability to achieve different accuracy is dependent on the GPS unit you use. We will compare the results of three grades of GPS units: recreational (such as a phone), mapping, and survey, by collecting data hands-on on campus.

More to be announced…

Volunteering with the NepRWA: GIS Data Collection

11/3 Thursday 12:15-1:00 Spatial Analysis Lab (Sabin-Reed 104)

With Fish Fischer ‘24 (they/them), ES&P & SDS

Interested in applications of GIS beyond the classroom? Come listen to a conversation about volunteer work I did with the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA). As part of their Trout Habitat Assessment Program, I surveyed streams within the Neponset River watershed and collected data with the ArcGIS Survey123 app. The data I collected contributed to a report which will inform policies regarding conservation of cold-water resources in the watershed. My talk will focus on the data collection with Survey123 and the impact of volunteering with local organizations.