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Mapping the Human Environment


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Presented at the Burlington County College 2012 GIS Day.

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Mapping the Human Environment

  1. 1. Managing our human environment.
  2. 2. • The Geospatial Research Lab is housed in the Department of Geography & Environment.• We support the department through research projects, computer lab & GIS infrastructure management.• Some of the best students in our department are paid interns for the GeoLab gaining experience on myriad projects.
  3. 3. GIS Instruction at Rowan• Recently approved Bachelors of Science in GIS.• GIS part of Geography curriculum since 1980s.• Full curriculum dealing with cartography, data management, visualization practices, 3D modeling, spatial analysis, remote sensing and web mapping.• Students are well prepared for the workforce or for graduate studies.
  4. 4. Student Involvement• Without reliable data, GIS is not very powerful.• Our GIS database began with a CAD document produced by a consultant.• Student efforts have made our DB grow to include new features and updates to existing data.• Students participate in all facets of our work, from data collection to project management.
  5. 5. Benefits of Student GIS Workers• Hands on work experience for students• Paid internships• Flexible work schedule for students• Do not need to outsource work• Cost effective• Exposure to working environments• Networking opportunities
  6. 6. So what exactly is GIS?
  7. 7. Maps.
  8. 8. More than just maps.
  9. 9. More than static maps.• GIS is a great tool to have for producing paper maps, but it provides greater utility than that.• GPS is great for data collection, but with thousands of GPS-enabled mobile devices on campus every day, we need to begin thinking about GPS as more than just an engineering tool.• GIS, coupled with near-ubiquitous Internet connections, can provide constant updates and immediate feedback.
  10. 10. Interior Spaces Project
  11. 11. Space Finder!
  12. 12. It’s interactive!
  13. 13. Geolocation: will bring up your current locationin relation to the selected room.Brings up 25Live in a new window.Quick peek at the room capacity.Loads today’s events for the selectedspace from 25Live.
  14. 14. Technology Used• User interface is HTML5 and Javascript, using JQuery and the Google Maps API. Work is underway to switch to the Leaflet mapping API.• Server side, the data is stored in a PostGIS database.• Node.js is used to power the instant search.• Floor plans are a map tile cache.
  15. 15. Improving the Space Finder• Interior photos of every space.• Using OpenStreetMap/MapQuest, incorporate walking directions to spaces on campus.• Students can have their course schedule visualized on a campus map, with walking directions.• Public Safety can have a portal that will support emergency response; estimated amount of students in a given building, based on schedule data
  16. 16. Disseminating Campus Information• Using GIS through a web interface allows for many potential projects that would benefit and interest the greater community: General campus wayfinding: getting there from here! – Campus virtual tours for potential students – Public tours of available art and sculpture – Walking tour of an arboretum – Graffiti and vandalism reporting – Public safety emergency response
  17. 17. GIS helps make large, cumbersome data easy to understand.
  18. 18. -dvidshub on flickr
  19. 19. -spleeness on flickr
  20. 20. MapMill photo assessment
  21. 21. “Check Your Home” app
  22. 22. “Check Your Home” app
  23. 23. “Check Your Home” app
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  25. 25. Live Map Service
  26. 26. GIS enables you to make informeddecisions and ask the right questions.
  27. 27. Thank you!Rowan University John ReiserGeospatial Research Lab Campus GIS Specialist reiser@rowan.edu856-256-4861 856-256-4817@rowangeolab @johnjreiser