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The Productive Scholar: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?

Topic: What Are Digital Map Datasets and Geographic Information Systems?esri2
Speakers: Bill Guthe and Wangyal Shawa

Time: Thursday, February 27, 12:00pm
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is powerful research tool that allows a person to capture, store, view, manipulate, analyze, manage, and display all forms of geographically referenced data. Princeton faculty, students and staff use GIS technology to manage resources, explore spatial relationships, and visualize change. This presentation will provide an introductory overview to the technology and its capabilities, and highlight the services and geographic data provided by the Library and OIT.

T. Wangyal Shawa and Bill Guthe provided a highly informative overview of map resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training at the University. One of the challenges in determining whether or not to use Google Maps or Google Earth versus GIS software is knowing in advance all the possible employments of your data. Visualization only, well, Google Maps, or other options, may be best. However, if you need the option of creating pliable data and data sets then you’ll want to use GIS software. On a parallel topic, if you need to sort through multiple years worth of geographic data or social/political data with geographic markers on the same or different continents, you probably need to consider accessing data sets.

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The Productive Scholar: Simple Map Tools for Complex Data

Topic: Simple Map Tools for Complex DataSimpleMapTools-Temos-Johnston
Speakers: Ben Johnston and Janet Temos

Time: Thursday, February 20, 12:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 1st Floor, Lewis Library Building
*To Register: http://bit.ly/PSMapTools

“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.”
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

This Productive Scholar session will cover the use of easily accessible and easy-to-use mapping tools that can help you visualize geo-spatial data for your teaching and research. Use Google Maps to collaboratively build a location-aware research archive.  Overlay a historic map on the globe in Google Earth. Visualize complex narratives and data sets using points, regions, paths and other information in custom maps. Collect photographs and information in the field using a smartphone and plot that information on a map.

Janet Temos, Director of the Educational Technologies Center (McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning) and Ben Johnston of the Humanities Resource Center (OIT) will talk about using some free, simple, geolocation tools to achieve rich results for data visualization.

We who were in attendance had the fortune of being given a guided tour of literal mapping of various layers of narrative signification proffered by Joyce Carol Oates’ 2013 novel The Accursed. Set in Princeton, and referencing various historical maps of the township, the novel has be characterized by Stephen King as:

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