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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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Lunch & Learn: Beyond Words: Environmental History, Digitization, and GIS with Emmanuel Kreike

quickbird.jpgEmmanuel Kreike, Associate Professor of History at Princeton, combines models and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences with approaches from environmental science and forestry to analyze how ecological, political, social, cultural, and economic processes affect the use and management of natural resources in past and present southern Africa.
To study the past and the sweeps of environmental change, Africanists and indeed, many humanists and scientists have conventionally relied upon written archival records as well as oral histories, the individual perspectives of elders or oral traditions that have been handed down through the generations. The nature of the existing data made it difficult or impossible for researchers in any field to establish a link to the physical reality or even to draw meaningful conclusions about the complex processes of environmental change. Oral histories, for example, often tell us more about the present than the conditions in the past.

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