The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) Office of Innovation & Stewardship (ODIS) hosted a GIS Day on Wednesday, November 14th . In the morning we facilitated a workshop on Geospatial Analysis with Python which was attended by about 15 people. After lunch, a series of lightning talks by students, faculty and staff displayed the variety of ways that GIS and geospatial technology are being utilizes around campus.
GIS Day was also a farewell to outgoing Geospatial Support Specialist, Ben Hickson who is moving on from the Library after 4 years of providing support to faculty and students. Ben was also instrumental in the development of the Spatial Data Explorer that UAL now maintains, which offers access to over 3,000 datasets and maps.
Below are some photos from the event:
Sharing some new projects from the Arizona Remote Sensing Center are Director, Wim van Leeuwen, and Assistant Professor Kyle Harfield.
Jeff Switzer, Senior Application Systems Analyst at the USA National Phenology Network, gave an overview of the many tools they have created to access their data.
Two great student presentations illustrating some great applications of GIS across disciplines.
Left, Laura Davidoff a doctoral student in Economics shared how she used GIS in her economic history research on Western Settlement in the U.S. and American Indian Economic Development.
Right, Mohamed Mohamed, an MS-GIST student gives a demo of the web map he created with researchers Javier Osorio & Viveca Pavon of SGPP on Mapping Armed Actor Presence in Colombia.
Another two student presentations showcasing the diversity of GIS applications.
Left, Taylor Handschuh, MS-GIST student, presenting her research on developing risk indices & locating vulnerable communities, focusing on often overlooked manufactured housing stock in Tucson.
Right, Bailey Bellavance, MS-GIST student, walking us through her process for mapping earth fissures in Arizona using UAV-Based Multi-Angle Photography.
We also had faculty from several departments come and share their work.
Left, Assistant Professor Philip Stoker from the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) teaches GIS to students in the CAPLA degree programs. He showcased a lot of really great cartographic design projects from his students.
Right, Assistant Professor and the online MS-GIST Coordinator, Fernando Sanchez-Trigueros presented his latest research on measuring spatial accessibility to library resources in urban networks using multiobjective optimization of resource distribution models.
The whole GIS crew from UA Planning, Design & Construction showed up and showed off the awesome geo-tools they have built for a wide range of users on campus. It's always fun to see the things they are working on.
To view a recording of some of the presentations (tech issues caused us to miss a few) you can access here: GIS Day Presentations
You can also access select presentation slides here: GIS Day Presentation Slides
Overall it was a great event for students to present their work, see what is going on around campus in the geospatial world and network with other GIS users. Thanks to everyone who presented and attended. Stay tuned for next year!