Geospatial Outreach and Support at Stanford University - Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Stanford University


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Geospatial Outreach and Support at Stanford University - Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Stanford University

  1. 1. GeospatialOutreach andSupport atStanford University Julie Sweetkind-SingerAssistant Director ofGeospatial, Cartographic andScientific Data & Services
  2. 2. Stanford Facts 6,887 undergraduate students  34% H&S, 13% Engineering, 2% Earth Sciences, 51% Undecided 8,779 graduate students  39% Engineering, 25% H&S, 11% Medicine, 11% Business, 7% Law, 4% Education, 3% Earth Sciences 1,903 total faculty
  3. 3. Centers for Spatial Research Spatial Analysis Center (Earth Sciences): Environmental change research Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (Biology) Carnegie Institution for Science(Dept. of Global Ecology): Earth ecosystems study Natural Capitol Project (Woods Institute for the Environment): Conservation projects Spatial History Project (History) Visualizing the Rural West (Bill Lane Center for the American West)
  4. 4. SU Library’s Technical Infrastructure  Branner Earth Sciences Library Computer Lab  8 high end machines with dual monitors  Site License Management  ESRI: ArcGIS, ArcPad, ArcSDE  ArcGIS on over 800 machines across campus  Google Earth Pro  Installed on all library-owned, publicly available computers (600+ machines)  Stanford Geoportal (under development)  Geospatial programmer  Stanford Digital Repository
  5. 5. Support Infrastructure Civil & Environmental Earth Sciences Anthropology Political Sciences Engineering(Fundamentals of GIS) (Spatial Approaches) (Spatial Approaches) (Fundamentals of GIS)Geography UndergradsWeek & Class SupportGIS Day Instruction Grads &WhereCamp: Branner Library Consultation Post-docs OutreachCommunity GIS Services Data CenterParticipation Support Center Faculty Collaboration GIS Special Data Resource Center Interest Technical Support Group Staff Academic Technology The Spatial Digital Humanities Specialists History Project Specialist
  6. 6. Geospatial Support at Branner Library
  7. 7. Patricia Carbajales, Geospatial Manager Support for aspects of GIS that are a commodity Workshops and teaching  Over 100 workshops in the last 2 years for over 450 students  Integration into classes  Fundamentals of GIS (principal instructor)  Urban Mapping Practicum (technical assistant) Student project and research support Advance training for power users Staffing:  2 student assistants (20 hours/wk)
  8. 8.  Resources include:  Software instructions, ability to download the instructors’ slide deck, step-by-step tutorials, presentation tools, and programming code.
  9. 9. Formal GIS/Spatial Teaching Global Positioning Systems (Aero/Astro) Digital Methods in Archaeology (Anthropology) Quantitative Analysis in Archaeology & Anthropological Research Cities in Comparative Perspective (Anthropology/Urban Studies) Spatial Approaches to Social Science (Anthropology/Poly Science) Environmental and water resources engineering design (C & EE) Modern Journeys in Ancient Lands (Classics) The Earth from Space: Intro. to Remote Sensing (Elect. Eng.) Remote Sensing of Land Use/Land Cover (G&ES) Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (G&ES) Statistical Methods for Earth/Enviro Sciences: Geostatistics (G&ES) Remote Sensing of the Oceans (Geophysics) Spatial History: Concepts, Methods, Problems (History)
  10. 10. 0 10 20 30 50 60 70 80 40 C&E Eng Earth Systems G&ES Urban Studies Biology Arch /Anthro Undeclared Epidemiology IPER Economics Human Biology Mech. EngComputer Science East Asian… Geophysics Management… Math &… English Intl RelationsMaterials Science Music Fundamentals of GIS: 2002-2008 Poly Sci Communications
  11. 11. Fundamentals of GIS: 2009-2011605040302010 0
  12. 12. Creation of content Map scanning lab Internal materials from Branner Earth Sciences Library, Special Collections External materials from private donors: Digital Philanthropy
  13. 13. The Spatial History Project 
  14. 14. The expansion of thewestern railroad,1879-1893
  15. 15. Tooling up for Digital Humanities Collaboration between the Spatial History Project and the Computer Graphics Lab Weekly workshop series in 2011  Library Presenters (4 of 8 workshops):  Digitization & Archives: Glen Worthey - Digital Information Services  File Management & Databases: Claudia Engel - ATS, Anthropology  Text Mining & Analysis: Matt Jockers – Co- director, Stanford Literary Lab  Visualization in the Humanities: Nicole Coleman – ATS, SU Humanities Center
  16. 16. Nicole Coleman: Academic Tech. Specialist  Runs the SU Humanities Center Research Lab  Large-scale international collaborative research  Linking humanities projects to design and computer science researchers  Spatial visualization rather than geospatial analysis 
  17. 17. Franklin’sLettersVoltaire’sLetters
  18. 18. Claudia Engel: Academic Tech. Specialist Assignedto the Anthropology Department Research support and teaching Outreach directly to the faculty  Spatial and numeric data, video, field research
  19. 19. Spatial Approaches to Social Science  Urban Studies: 31 (BA)  Anthropology: 10 (Phd), 6 (BA)  Human Biology, Earth Systems: 4  Education, Classics: 3  Archaeology: 2  African Studies, Art & Art History, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Economics, Education, English, E nvironmental Engineering, Environment & Resources, Heath Services Research, Political Science, Law: 1
  20. 20. Elijah Meeks: Digital Humanities Specialist Dedicated support for faculty integrating spatial or network analysis into their research. Proposal process Stability of research support  Projects changes, he stays Blog:
  21. 21. Integration of network and sea routes in Imperial Rome
  22. 22. Outreach and Collaboration GIS Day/Geography Week GIS Special Interest Group  Joint project with NYPL on their Map Warper application Sponsorship of WhereCamp 2011 Collaboration with Google on workshops Participation in ThatCamp, the Data Visualization MeetUp Group, Digital Humanities 2011 Conference at Stanford
  23. 23. Challenges Demand is up Competing needs Complexity of the software / high learning curve Increasing need for robust computing infrastructure Lack of coherent curriculum for teaching spatial thinking and methodologies
  24. 24. Overall value Support of high profile research High visibility of services Demand continues to grow Services provided to an impressive array of departments and schools
  25. 25. The Future VITA (Visualization and Textual Analysis) Library/Faculty collaboration to capture, distribute and retain faculty data Expansion of digital humanities support Expansion of digital maps program
  26. 26. Contacts Julie Sweetkind-Singer  Patricia Carbajales  Nicole Coleman 