Insights

ArcGIS Brings Greater Efficiency to Texas School District

GIS has improved facility management and student transportation at the Garland Independent School District in Texas. Read more

Geospatial Data Standards are Critical to Long-Term Storage

Stanford University's Dr. Julie Sweetkind-Singer talks about the importance of long-term geospatial data storage. She explains how digital data is more difficult to preserve over time than paper-based data. Read more

Using GIS to Steward Education Campuses and Facilities

When you think about GIS in education, what comes to mind? The quick response is likely geospatial learning and learners. But what about the places where the learning and the learners intersect—the world of campuses, buildings, and districts? Read more

A New Dimension

The Tufts University library developed the Library Spatial Information Management System, a fully functioning, 3D GIS-based view of the interior space of the library that merges databases from technology services, facilities management, and various library collections. Read more

Smartphone App Aids Districts Facilities Maintenance

Students and faculty in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) can report graffiti, broken benches, or other repair issues using a smartphone application that is integrated with the district's GIS. Read more

Optimizing NYC's School Bus Contract Bidding Process

To facilitate a new transportation contract bidding process, New York City’s Department of Education created a web-based mapping system that allows potential bidders to see pre-K schools, service area boundaries, pricing tiers, and historical attendance data. Read more

Building a University of the Future

Realizing the value of geographic analysis for informed decision making, the University of Calgary in Alberta has expanded the use of GIS to manage not only academic data but also its institutional and administrative data. Read more

Going Green at Pomona College

Pomona College uses ArcGIS as the central data repository and analysis platform for major portions of its sustainability audit, including landscape water use, embodied greenhouse gas emissions, green waste generation, storm water management, and on-site renewable energy potential. Read more

Taking Efficiency to the Next Level at City College of San Francisco

At the City College of San Francisco, several departments worked together to create its facilities management system based on ArcGIS for Server. Those departments included: Facilities Planning, Buildings & Grounds, Campus Police, Information Technology Services, and the American Disabilities Act and Health and Safety committees. Read more

Raising the level of GIS education across Africa

The Esri education team, in partnership with local Esri distributors, has been challenging universities (and some secondary schools) to raise their level of GIS instruction and research by both spreading the value of GIS to more disciplines and by expanding beyond desktop GIS to include server, web, and mobile applications. Read more

Studying at ITC to Kick-Start an International Career

Every year, many students from the Americas, Africa, and Asia come to ITC—of the University of Twente in the Netherlands—with the prospect of giving their GIS or remote-sensing careers a substantial boost. Read more

In New Zealand, Earth Science Students Map Geologic Features

Dr. Allen J. McGrew, chair of the Department of Geology at the University of Dayton, Ohio, has been using enhanced GPS data capture capabilities on an extended field trip to a number of geologically interesting locations in New Zealand. Read more

Visualizing the Results of High-Impact Student Field Experiences

With the emphasis now placed on high-impact practices, professors face a sometimes daunting task of developing and offering engaging, impactful learning experiences for their undergraduate students. GIS can serve as an excellent tool to enhance such lessons and complement high-impact experiences in a variety of fields and disciplines. Read more

Mapping Bone Microstructure

In a recent issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, researchers describe how they used commercially available mapping software to identify features inside a human foot bone – a new way to study human skeletal variation. Read more

Carbonators Take another Win

A group of students at Clark Magnet High School near Los Angeles won a $10,000 prize for their research on the negative effects of ozone smog in Los Angeles County. Read more

Converging Trends Provide Opportunities for GIS

We are rapidly moving to an era where just about everything around us is geoenabled. From smartphones to tablet and laptop computers, from webcams recording traffic to whether parking lots are empty or full, from earth-imaging satellites orbiting above to sensors on the earth below sensing water quality and current weather. Read more

Extending GIS Education up, out, and beyond the Classroom

Educators find that in order to engage their students in twenty-first century learning, they must rethink how students learn and are taught. Not only are the 15-year-old textbooks gone, but the old stationary desks are disappearing, most likely to be replaced by charging stations for the technology students carry. Read more

Advancing STEM Education with GIS

STEM education provides a multidisciplinary approach to improving education, the work force, and national competitiveness. President Obama noted, "Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students to compete in the 21st century economy, and we need to recruit and train math and science teachers to support our nation's students" Read more

The Geospatial Semester

Through a unique partnership between James Madison University (JMU) and 23 high schools in Virginia (and one in New York), nearly 2,000 students have earned ~6,000 college credit hours while learning geospatial technologies with the support of Esri. Read more

Promoting the Trail from the Ground Up

When Unicoi County, Tennessee was named one of four Appalachian Trail Communities in 2009, the local 4-H club decided to perform a service learning project involving the trail that would have a positive effect on the community. Read more

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