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Exploring ArcGIS Interface with Natural Earth Data

The following video tutorial utilizes Natural Earth Data ‘starter kit’ to explore some of the essential features of ArcGIS interface for entry-level cartography. I use this tutorial for some of my classes during the early stages of installing and situating students with ArcGIS: Introduction to ArcMap Interface | Natural Earth Data from stephen metts on […]

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Getting a handle on GeoData- Part III

Following Part II ‘Getting a Handle on GeoData’, this third and final post primarily summarizes the 4th chapter in Kitchin’s The Data Revolution Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences wherein BIG DATA is detailed. Here’s a nice video overview with Kitchin that captures some of the key points highlighted thus far, as […]

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Getting a handle on GeoData- Part II

Following Part I ‘Getting a Handle on GeoData’, this post has been derived primarily from Rob Kitchin’s new publication Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences. If these posts are of interest, I strongly recommend getting the book as my culled points are designed specifically to address issues that I foresee […]

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Getting a handle on GeoData- Part I

In the summer of 2014, ESRI launched their ‘open data’ portal, a bit of a jump the shark moment. Everything BIG DATA and OPEN DATA is all the rage for many converging reasons- and has been so for a while now. [ ArcGIS Open Data Portal ] From an academic perspective, this is all very […]

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Vulnerability Resources/Readings in the spirit of NCADAC

Yesterday The “National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee” or NCADAC released their climate change draft for public consumption, or probably lack there of as things go. From the Executive summary: 1. Global climate is changing, and this is apparent across the U.S. in a wide range of observations. The climate change of the past […]

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NYC Student Showcase @ Geo NYC Meetup

This past month, two final student project’s from my Co-Taught, GIS + GeoWeb course, were featured at GEO NYC’s Meetup. Very pleased to see Laura Guzman, & Jesse Mae Metts present Creating Sustainable Urban Ecosystems; and Troy Andrew Hallisey present Rethink the Block. These projects were 2 of 4 final projects accomplished in the Fall […]

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Summer in the City- NYC Datasets

As we segue into the later part of summer, NYC and state has made a few interesting dataset additions. First and foremost, at the end of July NYCDCP finally stopped swimming against the tide and drop the fees for MapPLUTO. This is a huge relief to nonprofits, community organizations, academics and small companies that really […]

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IBM – Participatory Cities

[Source: Participatory City Initiative- Parsons NYC & Columbia GSAPP]  This past month I was invited as a guest presenter for an urban design forum and project seminar at Parsons AMT in conjunction with the IBM-City Forward Initiative. The initiative by IBM has been established to invigorate urban research utilizing geographic data via the project’s website. […]

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GIS & the City: Final Student Projects Installed at Parsons, NYC

[Source: Parsons, NYC] This course introduced participating students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) utilizing New York City as a site of spatial investigation. Organized as a practicum covering both technical and theoretical geospatial concepts, the final student projects on display represent the culminating efforts of each student based on course material and individual research efforts. […]

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Worcester Brownfields Inventory Project

DOCUMENT: GIS Geodatabase CLIENT: City of Worcester Brownfields Roundtable Consortium DATE: 2004-05 Project Description: Like many Northeastern post-industrial cities, Worcester, Massachusetts has its share of underutilized, often toxic brownfields locations that blight the urban landscape. These sites are often regulated by several agencies for very specific releases, but identifying and categorizing each site relative to the […]

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