Drug Free Zone Research and other Education GIS News

Emory Law professor Kay Levine is one of four researchers recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study whether drug-free zone laws are enforced more aggressively in inner cities, and whether that enforcement results in disproportionately harsher sentencing of minority-population males. ...

GIS and mapping software will be used to determine if inner-city communities have a greater proportion of "hyper-criminalized" space than suburban or rural areas and "explore sentencing outcomes by defendant race and racial composition of the offense neighborhoods," the abstract reads.

- Emory Univeristy News

Last spring, Wesley Wilson, coordinator of archives and special collections [at Depauw University's library], set out on a mission to change that.

“We go into the buildings, we see the buildings, but do we really know about who the building is named for? Or how long they’ve been there? Or what’s been there before?” Wilson said.

He envisioned an interactive map that could help students, faculty and alumni envision campus both as it is now and as it has been in years past. In an effort to turn this concept into a reality, Wilson approached GIS (Geographic Information Systems) specialist Beth Wilkerson.

A common process was used: SketchUp to Google Earth. So far just 26 modern and 5 historic buildings are in the collection.

The DePauw

A geographic information system pioneer is due on campus [UC Davis]next week to present recent and transformative changes to GIS technology. Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, also will launch a pilot project with the arboretum to bring GIS tools and education to public gardens, parks and zoos worldwide.

Dangermond’s talk, free and open to the public, is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom.

“If you’ve got a story to tell and you understand the power of location in telling that story, then this talk is for you,” the organizers said in a news release. “You will leave this engagement with ideas for communicating to your audience in ways you did not think were possible without a team of technical experts and data entry specialists, and that is just the beginning.”

- UC Davis News

Published Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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