Kerby Neill, volunteer coordinator for the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice, discusses the council's partnership with Matt Wilson's Geographic Information Systems Workshop at the University of Kentucky.
GIS (Geographic Information Services) is empowering new ways faculty can teach in their classrooms and the way students interact and learn. Nowhere is that more evident than in the Department of Geography. Jeremy Crampton and his class surveyed part of UK’s campus with a camera, 2-liter soda bottle, a balloon, rubber bands and string. Find out more about how a do-it-yourself project like this makes it easy to be an active participant in data collection.
Matt Wilson’s students are also putting GIS to use by working with community members and organizations. Ranging from health and cultural advocacy, food systems, open data, environmental issues, historical preservation – the students collaborate with people and places in the community to provide a needs assessment that GIS technologies can offer, whether it is web-based mapping tools, information that can help with grants, or just general GIS analysis. Listen to this podcast to find out more.
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Building bridges between campus and community, Matthew Wilson's GIS Workshop course will connect various Fayette and Lawrence county organizations with groups of students to develop partnerships, gather data for GIS analyses, and create unique maps. GIS, an acronym for 'geographic information sciences,' examines intersections of technology, cartography and culture.
This podcast was produced by Samuel Burchett.