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GIS goes Green

Bookmark This: 10 useful green resources for 2015 Heather Clancy Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – 12:00am Courtesy: Esri   Visual impact analysis of proposed building in downtown Philadelphia using CityEngine.   First, the disclaimer. Any numbered list is inherently subjective. So there are bound to be resources that you might know about that I haven’t […]


Spring 2015 GIS Courses

Spatial Literacy Across the Curriculum – 2430 – ENST 311 – 05 MR 3:00-4:30pm Stern 11 Understanding how to think about problems and concepts in a spatial context is a fundamental skill that is not well taught in the current Dickinson College curriculum. Alternatively referred to as “Spatial Literacy” or “Spatial Reasoning”, this type of […]


Congratulations to GIS students, Chloe and Tabea

  Advancing Sustainability   Photo by Carl Socolow ’77. 2014-15 Baird Sustainability Fellows announced Now in its third year, the Baird Sustainability Fellows program recognizes Dickinson seniors who have advanced sustainability goals through their scholarship, leadership and service efforts. Named for Spencer Fullerton Baird, a prominent 19th-century naturalist and Dickinson alumnus, the program this year […]



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GIS Helps Produce an Animated Map of the Ebola Outbreak

Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard’s HealthMap now includes ananimated Ebola cases/death map. The map taps official sources, but also social media. “The news reports and social media posts aren’t always reliable, but in general they provide an up-to-date sense of what’s happening,” said John Brownstein, co-founder of HealthMap and director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program. Newsweek suggests the map […]


Wendy’s Uses Mapping Software from CA ESRI Firm to Pick New Locations

Wendy’s At the Wendy’s corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, real estate director John Crouse is swimming in data about the company’s almost 6,000 fast-food restaurants nationwide. Crouse and one other colleague are responsible for building and analyzing maps of Wendy’s locations and the surrounding areas. They rely on a geography-based data program to quickly comb […]


Geospatial Center Drills Down On GIS For The Army

  Army Geospatial Center Director Joseph Fontanella is responsible for providing geospatial expertise across multiple customer communities and technical disciplines ranging from operations, intelligence and acquisition to research and development, and modeling and simulation. The center he oversees does this by providing topographic, geodetic and geospatial information to the Army and the larger Department of […]


Detail for Maps of North Korea

On January 29, 2013, Google Maps revealed new map information for North Korea.  North Korea is the last country in the world to get detail on their google map.  Google was able to provide detail for North Korea with help from “citzen cartographers,” who are people on the ground in the city who send in data to […]


National GIS Day!!

On November 16th the world is hosting National GIS Day!! Everywhere from Houston to Moscow to the Congo people will be holding lectures, demonstrations, and conferences at colleges, universities, middle, high, and elementary schools!  Jim will be presenting at HACC in Harrisburg with students from the GIS 218 class!  Here’s a link to the website: They have […]


Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment

On Monday, the Nature Conservancy released a new report that reveals the potential impact of energy development in PA on high value conservation areas. The report specifically looks at marcellus shale drilling, industrial wind generation and the transmission associated with each form of energy production. The Report uses extensive GIS analysis to visually display projections […]