Pictures Worth Worlds of Data — Geospatial Data Visualization Projects

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For a while now I’ve been very interested in data visualization — specifically how visualization can be used to gain understanding of really large data sets. Actually that’s not true. Like most people I’ve always been drawn to data visualization, if for no other reason that we humans are really quite bad at gaining any […]

Easier Online Maps with CartoDB

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For the recent Teaching & Technology Expo, I was asked to host the ESRI ArcGIS table to introduce W&M faculty and staff to how they can incorporate GIS mapping into their courses, research, and work. As I prepared for the event, I struggled with how to present basic approaches that non-GIS savvy individuals could actually […]

Sizing Up the Rocks – GigaPan Imagery in the Geology Classroom

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[This is a guest post by Professor Chuck Bailey of W&M’s Geology Department.] The rocky crust of the Earth provides a tangible puzzle for geologists to solve. I teach a second-level geology course entitled Earth Structure & Dynamics and one goal of the class is to develop students’ skills at reading the rock record. To […]

Free Software for the William & Mary Community

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Thousands of dollars worth of software can be yours (some restrictions apply…)

On Maps, Geography and Academia

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First of all, let me fess up, I love maps and, for as long as I can remember, always have. In large part it was maps that captured my imagination and brought me to the natural sciences generally, and to geology — my chosen area of studies, specifically. It was not, as you might expect, […]