GIS at Dickinson College

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Month: November 2012 (Page 1 of 4)

Send a geoGreeting!

Want a break from endless hours spent in ArcMap?  Have some fun with aerial imagery with geoGreetings!  The site uses aerial images that look like letters so you can type and send a message.  Check it out!

Where Did Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From?

Do you know where your turkey or cranberries came from for your Thanksgiving?  ESRI has put together a map of where the staple foods from your holiday meal might’ve come from.

The Earth as Art

Check out some amazing satellite images!

The Earth as Art: Satellite Images of Our Planet from Orbit

GIS Technician

The Greater Bridgeport Regional Council (GBRC) is seeking a well-qualified candidate to fill the position of GIS Technician. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the position of GIS Technician provides staff support through the preparation of maps and demographic reports.

Proficient in GIS (ESRI ArcGIS 10.x and extensions). Knowledge of:
o Coordinate systems, cartographic principles, and demographics
o Creating and editing geodatbases & shapefiles
o Experience with AutoCAD is a plus
o Able to perform operations in Access and Excel
o Knowledge of Google Earth (KML/ KMZ files)
o Operate scanners, plotters, and photocopiers
o Operate GPS units (ArcPad experience is a plus)

Skills & Qualifications :

The position requires one year of recent GIS/ IT experience. Proficiency in using the Office Suite of programs (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) is a must. Strong organizational and communication skills are also required. This is a part-time position, with no benefits.

How To Apply :

Mail or email letter of interest, resume, and pertinent work experience to:

Brian Bidolli, Executive Director
Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency
525 Water Street, Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Position will remain opened until filled.

GBRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Geocaching- The Modern Day Treasure Hunt

Geocaching is a world-wide recreational outdoor activity where treasures or “caches” are hidden around the globe, and it’s your job to find them!  The website has coordinates for caches around the world.  Just sign up, type in a location to find coordintaes near you, and type the coordinates into a handheld GPS or smart phone.  Then you can navigate to the location and look for the treasure!  Geocaches are usually hidden in a waterproof container that has a log book and a bunch of small items.  When you find it, you can sign the log book and take a treasure (as long as you put something back of equal or greater value).  No two caches are the same- they vary in how difficult they are to find, where they’re located, and what they look like.  There are currently 1.9 million geocaches hidden in over 200 countries and 7 continents, including some around Dickinson!  If you don’t have a smart phone, you can check out a GPS from the media center.  So go out there and find treasure!

Mapping Cape Henlopen

This year, Professor Jeff Nemitz took his Oceanography class on a weekend-long field trip to Cape Henlopen to map different features of the area.  This class goes every couple of years to map the changing features of the beach and wildlife.  Amanda, one of the GIS lab interns, designed a data dictionary on the Juno GPS’s to help the class more easily record data in the field.  The class split up into groups and took GPS data and did experiments throughout the weekend.  Different groups mapped and took attribute data of the shoreline, jetties, spit, tidal flats, dune vegetation, dude tansects, and ghost crabs holes.  Their final projects will rely on an analysis of the mapped field data, as well as comparing the data to maps from previous years.

ESRI Summer Internships

Interested in working with GIS this summer?  Check out internship opportunities at ESRI!

Geospatial Analysis of Archaeobotanical Remains from Kala Uyuni, Taraco Peninsula, Bolivia

Christopher Wolfe, Spring 2012

Atlas of Mycenae

Dan Ehrlich, Spring 2012

London in the Time of Cholera: Elevation and Disease

Tessa Cicak, Spring 2012

Creating a Geodatabase: The Town of Kirkland, NY

Michael D’Aprix, Spring 2012

Analysis of Census Data in the Cumberland Valley Area

Carrie Evans, Spring 2012

Istanbul Documentation Project: Geospatial Survey of Historic and Cultural Sites

Dan Plekhov, Spring 2012

Evaluation of LIDAR for Locating Prehistoric Metarhyolite Quarry Sites on South Mountain, PA

Rebecca Rossi, Spring 2012

Dickinson’s Potential to Grow Warmer Climate Flora on the Academic Quad

Andrew Shoemaker, Spring 2012

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