GIS for Research

Friday, November 9, 2007, 3:15 – 5:05 PM
Bldg. 50 – 51A, Main Quad

Claudia A. Engel, Department of Anthropology
and Mindy M. Syfert, Branner Earth Sciences Library

High computer processing power increasingly allow us to integrate large sets of spatial information into social science research. Mobile global positioning system devices raise the prospect of collecting location-specific information quickly and to a lower cost. The quality of remote sensing and satellite imagery is significantly improving and ongoing standardization efforts make it easier to access and exchange spatial data. Similarly, web mapping is rapidly gaining popularity as convenient tool to integrate and view spatial information from a wide range of sectors.

This talk will provide an introduction to geographical information systems (GIS) resources available for doing spatial research as well as outline examples for how those can be applied, particularly in anthropological research. Among the questions addressed are: How and where can spatially relevant information be discovered, accessed and collected? What kind of tools and processes can help to visualize and analyze space and place and how?

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