|GIS has a long history at St. Lawrence University (SLU) in Canton, NY. The GIS Program, initially housed in the Geology/Geography Department in the 1990s, transitioned to the University Libraries Department in 2000 and continues to serve all GIS needs at SLU. Our services range from the spatial foundations taught in our introductory GIS classes to projects that serve the sciences, humanities, non-academic departments, student and local community needs. We continue to operate with ArcGIS Desktop as our primary GIS platform, however, we are, pivoting to include additional GIS resources, such as: ArcGIS (Online, Server, Pro), Google Earth Engine, etc. As the GIS landscape evolves so do we. We will highlight a handful of GIS projects that showcase how SLU is adjusting to a changing world. One such project, Mapping the Laurentian Legacy (MLL), is a multi-year cooperative project between SLU's Donor Relations and the GIS Program to map and manage, donor named spaces on campus with Desktop, Pro, AGOL and Collector. Other projects, using a similar software approach as above, support environmental studies faculty monitoring local amphibians, tracking climate change in Alaska, and assessing biomass conditions in Northern New York State. Also, student involvement in our projects, on a variety of levels, is a key component of GIS at SLU.
I will walk you through some of the different technologies we have used, as well as, how communities within our region have utilized some of these technologies. Our communities and us have used many different types of technologies ranging from ESRI, GIS Cloud, Quantum GIS, MapWindows GIS, Google Earth, Google Maps, Bing Maps, Trimble SketchUp, Fusion Tables, etc. They have been used for applications in natural resources, zoning, tourism, asset management, and others.
I will show you some of the examples of how these technologies were used and how they might apply to others. You will be able to see what features some of these technologies had that made them the best choice for the application they were chosen for. This will give you a quick overview of just some of the technologies out there that could be utilized on a budget.
|CUGIR, the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository, has hosted geospatial data for New York state since 1998. After two decades in service, the CUGIR infrastructure has been retired and completely rebuilt using several open source components: PostGIS, GeoServer, Solr, and GeoBlacklight. This presentation will discuss the goals of the rebuild, and demonstrate how the new CUGIR website provides a powerful discovery interface combining keyword- and map-based search. We'll see how search results can be filtered by facets such as topic, year, author, collection, or data type; how individual datasets can be previewed on the website, which allows even non-GIS users to explore the data on a map; and how to use WMS and WFS services to connect to CUGIR data without even downloading a zipfile.