Just in Time Teaching with GIS: an experiment in teaching

(Note: This post is more of a confession than a scientific article. Any factual, useful, researched information that you take away from it is purely accidental and should be viewed with a healthy skepticism.) I recently completed my tenth year as an instructor in front of a college classroom. I’ve taught at community colleges and…

What can you do with a GIS degree?

GIS jobs include Climate Scientist App Developer Helicopter Pilot / Firefighter Conservationist GIS Analyst Health Geographer GIS Manager Civil Engineer Volcanologist Researcher Agricultural Analyst and Drone Pilot! Visit virtual job shadow to learn more!

Urban Heat Island Visualization 2017

This is a video generated by my research student, Joseph Reynolds, on the heat island effect at a microscale in Denver over two weeks in March 2017. The data was collected in my Spatial Databases class from Thermochron iButton sensors, interpolated, and then animated.

Call for Proposals: Sponsors for Customized ArcGIS Desktop Python Toolboxes

Call for Proposals: Sponsors for Customized ArcGIS Desktop Python Toolboxes   This is a Call For Proposals for Sponsors for Customized ArcGIS Desktop Python Toolboxes. The MSU Denver GIS Programming Spring 2018 class is seeking businesses, agencies, non-profits, and other groups who have a need for a customized toolbox in ArcGIS Desktop version 10.2 through…

Teaching with OpenStreetMap – Bringing crowd-sourced mapping into the classroom

I doubt that anyone who wanders into this page is unaware of OpenStreetMap, the crowd-source mapping platform detailing the world’s locations since 2005.  I’ve been using, studying, and most importantly, contributing to OpenStreetMap since 2010. As a platform, it hosts a tremendous amount of vector-based data about the world that has largely been created by…

Student Portfolios from Spatial Modeling Class, Fall 2017

We had some great examples of portfolios made in our Spatial Modeling class! Austin B. — https://austinbingham.wordpress.com/ Jared B. — https://brantleyportfolio.wordpress.com/projects/ Byron C. — https://byronclayton.wordpress.com/ Shauna E. — https://shaunaewald.wordpress.com/ Joseph F. — https://josephfischer91.wordpress.com/ Joshua G. — https://joshgasser.wordpress.com/gis/ Haley H. — haleyhampstead.wordpress.com  Ross H. — https://rhattel.wordpress.com/ Todd J. — http://jacobusgeospatial.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ Jen M. — https://gisjen.wordpress.com  

Web Mapping Projects from Fall 2017

In the fall of 2017, we introduced a web mapping class at MSU Denver. For a final project, each student had to create a webmap using the Leaflet.js library and include some specific types of interaction. Below are the projects that the students created. Check it out! Ally A. – Bus Routes Around Denver – …

What I learned about GIS resumes from the Career Development Academy

I’m always curious about what type of advice students get on the job hunt. At the 2017 GIS in the Rockies conference in Denver, I sat in on the panel for the Career Development Academy led by Cerian Gibbes from UCCS. After the panel session, attendees offered their resumes for review, and I spent a…

Dissertation: The Production of Volunteered Geographic Information Production: A Study of OpenStreetMap in the United States

My dissertation is now available online at The Digital Collections of Texas State University. Abstract: The arrival of the World Wide Web, smartphones, tablets and GPS-units has increased the use, availability, and amount of digital geospatial information present on the Internet. Users can view maps, follow routes, find addresses, or share their locations in applications including…

Slides from Denver Geospatial Amateurs’ talk, August 11, 2015: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the Earthquake in Nepal: Data Quality and the Crowd

Having moved to Denver almost exactly a year ago, I’ve really grown to love the GIS community here. It’s a group of bright, funny, innovative folks from all fields – academia, industry, the government, startups, oil, urban planning, and humanitarian aid. If you live near Denver, be sure to check out the monthly Geospatial Amateurs…

How OpenStreetMap can help Nepal

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has impacted a large area, including the capital of Kathmandu, a city of over one million, and the surrounding regions. The earthquake has also caused large avalanches on Mt. Everest during a busy hiking season. Getting first aid, medical supplies, food and water in a timely manner to people in need is…

Classifying Twitter Users with the Activity-Context Geography Model

I’ll be presenting a paper cowritten with my advisor, Dr. Yongmei Lu, at the International Conference on Location-Based Social Media in Athens, GA on March 13, 2015. The paper is titled “Classifying Twiter Users with the Activity-Context-Geography Model.” Below is the abstract: This paper reports on an examination of Twitter contributor data using the Activity-Context-Geography…