Topic: Simple Map Tools for Complex Data 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.
SESSION RECAP: 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:
In the few short years since it became freely available, Google Earth has become commonly used to explore the earth’s surface, to navigate geographic paths, to locate points of interest, and to store and serve terabytes of geographic information.
Google Earth is a free Virtual Globe or Geobrowser that allows you to display images of the earth on a globe and provides the illusion of manipulating a three-dimensional globe on-screen.
At the February 28 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Bill Guthe, David Potere, Bethany Bradley, Wangyal Shawa presented GIS at Princeton: Gathering Knowledge from Satellite Images. Bill Guthe began the session by describing GIS and Remote sensing opportunities at Princeton.
David Potere of Princeton’s Office of Population Research explained that the earth is encircled today by a rapidly expanding network of satellite remote sensing platforms. Collectively, this international Earth Observation System takes a complete image of the planet every day, transmitting terabytes of data to dozens of ground-Earth stations scattered across all the continents.
He noted that efforts are underway to link together all of the earth observation systems. There are currently more than 50 civilian satellites looking at our planet, and the ownership is rapidly becoming more distributed with new “birds” being launched by more than a dozen countries, notably India, China, and Korea. In just the past five years, the satellites are offering important new capabilities.