To celebrate Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Kennedy Library hosted a reception in the Community Gallery on Thursday, November 21 that featured maps created by students and faculty. Geography Awareness Week and the series of events we hosted for the week, are designed to show how maps are used in all kinds of different fields.
Using geography in many ways at Cal Poly
GIS, or geographic information systems, is a system that stores, manipulates and presents all kinds of geographic data. It brings together computer science, statistical analysis and cartography to preserve geographic data.
Russ White, our spatial and numeric data specialist who works on things like GIS, LiDAR, data analysis and visualization, hosted the reception as part of his role with data services.
So many different disciplines are using geography in different ways at Cal Poly. It’s great to have the opportunity to put the examples side by side in the gallery, Russ said.
(Russ also gave a talk on GIS on the Web, which will be available on SlideShare shortly.)
Nicola Leyshon, a first year grad student at Cal Poly, displayed her map of London, England. Her map showed how public space was distributed in the city. Nicola said the library helped her develop her map by giving her a place to research and even explore future careers in the GIS field.
Maps as an art form
Each map on display in the Community Gallery was unique. One of my favorites was drawn by hand and then digitized. The hand-drawn maps were more like art than geography!