The Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) [at Tufts University, MA] this fall is offering its first exclusively undergraduate Introduction to Global Information Systems (GIS) course due to persistent academic interest and flexibility in the operating budget, according to Barbara Parmenter, a lecturer of GIS courses in the UEP.
Yes, I know, I contacted the paper. Another point about this course? No writing. How odd!
Two William and Mary faculty members returned to Uganda, after a first visit their the year before.
One year later, they returned to Uganda with three undergraduate students and one graduate student from William & Mary. Their goals included refining their “on-the-ground” understanding of the forces they previously had witnessed as well as to help establish a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) center that had been identified as a pressing need by scientists working with Uganda’s National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI). GIS, a powerful means of representing and analyzing spatially explicit data, is a key tool for natural resource managers and scientists.
The University of Tennessee has new maps in its library.
Hodges now offers StackMap, a program that displays a map highlighting the shelf on which a desired book is stored during a search in the library catalog.
David Atkins, Head of Resource Sharing and Document Delivery at Hodges, is to thank for this program. He discovered the product at an American Library Association conference over a year ago and has been working with fellow librarians and staff to introduce it at UT. StackMap has been available for more than a month and early reports show that it is used in one out of every three searches in the library catalog to find a book.
And, there is more good news:
Atkins said that students will soon be able to look up books and get a map using their smartphones, not only using title, author or subject, but by call number as well. Atkins expects a usable prototype of the system sometime this week.
Yep, it's a cloud service; they set it up and there's an annual fee.